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.
Growing up on a farm is an exclusive experience, unique in itself and hard to fathom if you didn’t live it. You have a divergent set of norms with a community-wide shared vocabulary, foreign to those born and raised in an urban setting. Those “10 Signs you Grew up on a Farm” blogs all resonate with you, while others read the list and wonder what the heck “Green or Red loyalty” means.
As alien as driving a combine seems to many of us, growing up on the streets of Minneapolis is equally unfathomable to many of the rural families in Wilmar, Minnesota. These two worlds collide each year in the annual Haulin’ it Home Grain Drive. The farmers selflessly give truckloads of grain, their most precious commodity, so that families living in the heart of Minneapolis can benefit from the work of Urban Homeworks.
Last week, we traveled to Wilmar for a thank you lunch honoring those farmers and families and churches that have participated in the Grain Drive or supported the mission in other ways. The crew members of UC2 took the stage and shared their life stories, punctuated with struggle and difficult choices, each ultimately giving way to hope and success. The crew members’ backgrounds touched the hearts of each of us; they brought into focus why this partnership between Urban Homeworks and rural Minnesota communities is so essential.
Everyone has something to offer in the fight to reclaim hope. Recognizing those offerings is what will get us there. UC2 crew members have untapped talent, active homeowners bring blocks together, resident caretakers offer assistance to their neighbors, and the farmers of Minnesota have kernels of corn, ready to be harvested and used to fund the hope our neighbors are planting.
Thank you to all our Haulin’ it Home participants and to Penske for donating a truck for use during the Grain Drive. Last fall’s Grain Drive donations totaled over $51,000 and grain donations over the past 7 years are over $570,000. Join the farmers in supporting Urban Homeworks.