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.
Their worlds merged in a small Christian college forty miles west of the Twin Cities. Caught in an elevator together, a ring tone sounded, and Marquise did what any respectable human would…he danced to it. Joelle laughed, their relationship began, and they were married shortly after.
Six years later, Urban Homeworks met them. Joelle and Marquise were a family of four (going on five), living in an 800 square foot rental. The lease would be up soon and both of them wanted to know if there were options for people like them…people serious about rebuilding their credit, getting rid of heaping school debt; people looking for budget coaching and help creating a financial action plan. They were looking for an opportunity.
They found it in 1234 Willow Ave. Another individual on the PROJECT:Reclaim track had her eye on it, so, in the meantime they got all the paper work in order, went to every Homestretch class, every CLCLT class, and prayed for God to put the right person in that house.
In the end, they were the ones. Eleven days after they had settled into their new home, Marquise said, “I pull into the driveway and sit in the car, just staring. This is my house. It’s still surreal. What a beautiful journey it is for my kids to grow up in a home they can call theirs.”
Marquise directs the Urban Ventures Act Six Program – a ministry purposed to empower first-generation college students. He invited his scholars to help him - a first-generation homeowner- to paint the walls and unload the boxes in their new home. Joelle and Marquise– like so many UHW homeowners and residents before them – can’t wait to use it as a hub for the many trikes, basketballs, kids and parents living on their block and involved in their lives to gather and build authentic community.
Help us respond to the 15 PR applications approved each month. Your investment dollars could be financing our PROJECT: Reclaim Program. If you want your reserves to benefit the local economy, join our group of investors - CLICK HERE to see the impact you could have right here, right now, while you put your savings to work while earning interest with Loan Pool 2.0.