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Service Site Highlight: Star of Hope

Service Site Highlight: Star of Hope

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.     1. How long has Star of Hope been in Houston and whom do you predominantly serve? Star of Hope began providing services to homeless men in 1907. Since then the scope of our services […]

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Service Site Highlight: Charis Community Housing

Service Site Highlight: Charis Community Housing

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.   1. How long has Charis Community Housing been in Atlanta and whom do you predominantly serve?  Charis Community Housing has been around for about 30 years. We currently serve the low income families positioned in […]

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Service Site Highlight: Gateway Center

Service Site Highlight: Gateway Center

    Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has Gateway Center been in Atlanta and whom do you predominantly serve? Gateway Center opened its doors in the summer of 2005. We serve all who are experiencing homelessness: men, […]

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Service Site Highlight: Project HOME

Service Site Highlight: Project HOME

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has Project HOME been in Philadelphia and whom do you predominantly serve? Project HOME was born in 1989 as a temporary emergency shelter for homeless men. Approaching its 25th anniversary, Project HOME […]

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Service Site Highlight: Esperanza Health Center

Service Site Highlight: Esperanza Health Center

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has Esperanza Health Center been in Philadelphia and whom do you predominantly serve? Esperanza Health Center was founded in 1989 in “El Centro de Oro,” the heart of North Philadelphia’s Latino community […]

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Let My People Go

Let My People Go

“Aaron: In fact, Moses, when did you start caring about slaves? Was it when you found out that you were one of us? Tzipporah: Don’t listen to him! Moses: No, he’s right. I did not see because… I did not wish to see. Aaron: Oh, you didn’t see because you didn’t… wish to see! Ah! Well that makes everything fine then, doesn’t it?” – The Prince of Egypt “Let my people go.” The words are whispered inside my head, as I stare at […]

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8 Things I’ve Learned

8 Things I’ve Learned

As I strive to stay present in the story that continues to unfold here in Houston, I’ve found June and July to bring sweet moments of reflection over the past two years with Mission Year with friends, family, coworkers, and my team. One particular evening while sharing cake with friends, I was asked what I sense the Lord has been teaching me with my two years with Mission Year. In that moment, I sensed that it was the right time […]

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De Miedo a Esperanza, From Fear to Hope

De Miedo a Esperanza, From Fear to Hope

I assumed writing one of my last blog posts would be simple but let’s be honest good byes aren’t easy. I couldn’t decide what to write about so I decided to revisit every newsletter I’ve written, to reflect on the year. What I found was unexpected and heartwarming. Reading past newsletters revealed to me God’s faithfulness throughout the year. In my first newsletter I wrote about my fears coming to Chicago. Those fears were about not being accepted, not being […]

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Service Site Highlight: The City School

Service Site Highlight: The City School

Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has The City School been in Philadelphia and whom do you predominantly serve? The City School has a rich cultural heritage, drawing from three excellent Christian schools. Our elementary campus was founded […]

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Biblical Justice vs. Human Justice

Biblical Justice vs. Human Justice

I’m afraid we don’t understand what justice is. I think many of us get our idea of justice from Hollywood action movies (getting even with our enemy) or episodes of Law and Order (giving the bad guy what they deserve). This human understanding of justice, heavily influenced by American culture, is a very different picture of justice than we see in scripture. I am realizing human justice is a far cry from biblical justice. Too often people think they are […]

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Service Site Highlight: Generation One

Service Site Highlight: Generation One

  Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them, their work, and their needs on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has Generation One been in Houston and whom do you predominantly serve? Generation One has been in Houston for seven years. We primarily serve families in the Third Ward area. Most of our […]

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This is Church

This is Church

Mission Year is wrapping up with only a few weeks left to go. School has ended and summer camps will be starting soon. A big part of my time here in Philly has been my church. I absolutely love it and how it’s taught me about vulnerability, unity, diversity, passion, and hope. It’s beautiful. Recently, I’ve been finding church outside of the walls of a building though, recognizing that the body of Christ is, and should be, alive outside of […]

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Service Site Highlight: The Atlanta Community ToolBank

Service Site Highlight: The Atlanta Community ToolBank

    Every year, Mission Year partners with local organizations, supporting the work they do in the neighborhoods where we work. This summer we’ll be highlighting them on our blog. Interested in learning more about our service partners? Check them out here.    1. How long has The Atlanta Community ToolBank been in Atlanta and whom do you predominantly serve? The Atlanta Community ToolBank was founded in 1991 and is currently the largest tool-lending resource in the US dedicated to serving […]

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A Spectator

A Spectator

I recently read Packing Light a fantastic book about adventure by Allison Vesterfelt . I love how books about crazy adventures can be so applicable to every day life. It’s as if those small adventures fit a microcosm of one life full of lessons to be learned and passed on to others. At the end of this book, the author wrote something that I thought was very interesting. She said that in life we should be in a constant state […]

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Resolve

Resolve

“My Mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” –Maya Angelou On West Cayuga Street between 5th and Lawrence there are eighteen houses. Eighteen houses holding people who are tattooed, old, young, generous, African American, Dominican, Puerto Rican, white, hospitable, poor, introverts, rich, wise, alone, hardworking, inspiring, community organizers, gardeners, cooks, and my friends. One of those houses holds […]

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Fear of Complacency

Fear of Complacency

After I said goodbye to my parents – who were visiting for Come and See weekend – I took the green line back home. I sat in the back of the car, near this weird corner room in the back of the train people like to stand in. That day, I noticed there was a guy there, clearly a bit inebriated, drinking alcohol, and zoning out every so often. I didn’t think much of it, because he seemed fairly safe sitting […]

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Nails to be Hammered

Nails to be Hammered

I live in the St. John’s team house in Third Ward, Houston and serve at the Star of Hope Women and Family Shelter. When I first decided to come to Mission Year, I was ready to get my hands dirty with some good ol’ fashion good deeds. It was all about the things I would DO and the people I would HELP. I couldn’t wait to get to my service site and begin work, or get out in the neighborhood […]

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Share My Table

Share My Table

  We’re excited to announce the release of a project recorded by our 2013-14 Houston Arts teams! “Share My Table” is a 5-track recording of spoken word and original songs composed throughout this year. The collective behind this project set out to creatively share experiences of living, serving, seeking justice, and building beloved community in several of Houston’s low-income neighborhoods. Centering on the values of simplicity, community, justice, and solidarity, this album was recorded and produced by Houston City Director, […]

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The Houston I Know

The Houston I Know

Sitting on our front lawn on a weekend afternoon tends to be the perfect spot to see what’s going on in our neighborhood. Next door to our left, family members are in and out throughout the day in a steady stream. If we’re outside while the kids are outside, we inevitably end up watching them as they run around our yard and in and out of our house. If I’m lucky, someone from next door will fix me up a […]

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Lots and Gardens

Lots and Gardens

Each year, Mission Year asks teams to plan or participate in a project that will benefit an immediate need in their neighborhood. One weekend this month I got to be part of a justice project in our Pittsburg, Atlanta neighborhood. Overgrown bushes, tree stumps, weeds and litter block a lot of our streets. What’s sad about it all is that most of the reason our sidewalks and streets are messy and not useable is because of bushes and plants being […]

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