31 July, 2016
Reconnecting People

Reconnecting People | Once a property has been restored, Urban Homeworks works to connect neighbor to neighbor to create a livable, robust community with a strong sense of home. The result is a rich exchange between households that reweaves a sense of community through day-to-day activities.

On April 4th, the papers were signed, keys were handed over, all the boxes were checked and it was time to move in. 9 long months of transient living were behind her. All that was left was for us to walk through the apartment with Sharon, our newest renter, just to make sure she had opportunity to catch any other nicks or dings we might have missed, and make sure it was really ready and up to standards for her and her family.

But, she refused. She wouldn’t do it.

At least, not until the kids’ school bell rang. Not until she’d picked them up from their classrooms and had them physically by her side.

After so many celebratory announcements, near-finishes, 9 months of risen hopes, guards that had fallen prematurely…she wasn’t about to stare this new, secured beginning in the face without bringing her kids with her…to give them physical proof that this was actually happening, her promise meant something.

As a mama wanting nothing but the best for her kids, kids that had been through the throws of domestic violence, through instability, through stressors no child should have to experience, she was ready to finally, confidently say,

“We’re home, this is real. Go choose your bedrooms, babies.”

This, friends, is hope realized. This is what it looks like for so many of the incredibly strong women, men, families that have been working hard to find an accessible opportunity to go and stay HOME...to finally find it. Thank you for walking beside us, beside each other. Thank you for letting this sink in and transform your own story into one that moves all of us closer to Shalom.

Don't miss Chad's reflection on Shalom by clicking here.

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