RECLAIMING HOPE | Hope is the starting point for Urban Homeworks, the force that brings together low-income families, young professionals, job skill trainees, and volunteers from all walks of life into an exchange that restores homes and creates a space for neighbors to engage.
What does HOME look like to you?
How do you feel when you’re HOME?
WHO is HOME to you?
Urban Homeworks opened its doors for the 9th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl and asked visitors to get in touch with their inner artist and answer this question by painting their answers on a brick. Situated next to Juxtaposition, Urban Homeworks’ offices are in the heart of FLOW, and we felt it. Rev. Paula Sanders, former Pastor at Kwanzaa, temporarily turned our office into an art gallery by displaying her delicately handcrafted liturgical stoles while friend and musician, Kamp Welch, parked out back playing acoustic guitar and singing songs of salvation and of his late wife.
People bustled in and out of Urban Homeworks drawn in by the crowd and the smells promising free popcorn. UHW team members and past and present volunteers stopped by the office with their families while exploring the 25 FLOW sites. We were joined by Urban Homeworks neighbors, including our newest homeowner, Taya, toting with her daughter Courtney who eagerly painted her family members, assigning each one a very specific color. Many of our visitors were learning about Urban Homeworks for the first time. One couple heard the Urban Homeworks mission for the first time and realized with hope in her eyes, that this might be the answer to homeownership that their family has been looking for.
As I filled yet another bowl of popcorn and asked each visitor to paint a brick, what struck me, is that no one was at a loss on how to depict “Home.” It means something to everyone. Even those without a physical building or room, associate it with something, a feeling or a person, a place that once was, or somewhere that may be one day. The abstract feeling of “home” is universal, now we continue on the journey to making the physical place a universally concrete reality.
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