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Common, Not Normal

There are a few things that I cannot (normally) handle: vomit and blood. Yet, last Thursday I cleaned both off the floor in an apartment where a stray bullet pierced one of our first floor windows and grazed one of our beautiful 12 year old girls in her bedroom. It was an incident if I’m honest I hesitated to share. Hope Street prides itself on being a safe place for men, women and children to grow. In an instant a bullet threatened that reality and quite frankly left me angry. It made me angry because for some it confirms their worst fears, it stripped a little girl of her peace and for others it didn’t mean a thing...it’s the hood, it’s what happens. BUT just because it happens doesn’t mea

Recharge

Every month our staff is blessed to have the opportunity to meet with Pam who walks us through some helpful tools for team building and individual growth both within the workplace and our daily lives. Most recently we reviewed a tool called the 5 Gears Tool. It emphasizes the 5 different “gears” that you are in at any given day or throughout the week. To break this down a bit, these gears are in reference to 5 modes: Focus, Task, Social, Connect, and Recharge. One thing that stood out the most in our conversation is the importance of establishing time to recharge in your daily life. We all have heard the phrase “recharge your battery” and this is not just in reference to your phone or your l

Surprise

Surprise: an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing. As a kid, many of us loved surprises. Maybe I should take that back. We all tend to love surprises no matter what age you are (I know there are potentially a few disagreeing with this). Lately, I have noticed an increase in the amount of surprises taking place. No I am not referencing the surprise of the global health pandemic we are in, or toilet paper being absent on shelves, or the fact we are being asked to refrain from leaving our homes. The surprises I am referring to are much more invaluable. It is the look on a mother’s face upon entering her apartment for the first time. The monetary donations we have received which are e

The Process

“Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Philippians 1:3-6 MSG There is a process for everything. The process if we allow it to, shapes us, transforms us, challenges us and if we are lucky (patient enough) ...allows us to see, he