August Evening

I get out of my car, and a 6th grade boy runs across the side lot, yelling, “Miss Becky!” He runs to me, gives me a side hug and says he is great. He isn’t kidding. He is intelligent, clever, and having fun on this August evening. He is waiting for his computer teacher to arrive at HHD. And he truly is great. A sweet shy little girl, walks toward me, stops, eyes averted, waiting to be noticed. I hug her, say her name, ask how she is. Today she is fine. She is going into first grade and has done a great job at Read Around the Block. She is precious. Teens are sitting under the pavilion at the picnic tables, talking, probably flirting. There was a time when I didn’t know if teen girls would ever come to Hope House. The basketball goal assured us of guys, but not so much the girls. But now… the café, the job training program, the girls’ club and Bible study, the great staff and volunteers make Hope House a place the teen girls can feel at home. I take out Teen Leadership Council applications to the teens under the pavilion. They laugh and joke with me, say they’ll fill them out. A wiry little boy going into 2nd grade runs over for a hug. He has just noticed I’ve arrived. He giggles and squirms and runs on. He smiles. I introduce myself to guys waiting for a turn to play basketball. They are new to Hope House this summer.  We share the awkward: hello, what’s your name, do you stay...

Volunteer of the Month: Eleanor Alcala Mercier!

Eleanor has been working with our Read Around The Block program for about seven months now.  Her favorite part about volunteering is what a joy and inspiration the students are to be with!  In her spare time, Eleanor likes to keep up with current affairs and learn about art.   An interesting fact about her is that her paternal grandmother, who came here from Mexico and raised her family in southwest Detroit, lived to be 110 years old.  Her family must have great genes! Please make sure to congratulate Eleanor on being picked for Volunteer of the Month, & most importantly, thank her and all of our volunteers for all that they do!...

Volunteer of the Month [May]: Shalmar Nelson!

Shalmar works alongside our Teen Council as Co-Leader and also is a part of our Discipleship program.  She has been working with Hope House for at least 5 years and has been involved with Teen Council since it began.  Her favorite part of volunteering is the relationships she gets to develop with the other volunteers and with the young people at Hope House Detroit, and especially getting to see everyone grow as people.  In her spare time Shalmar likes to read, write, and travel.  An interesting fact about her is that although many young people can’t believe this, she didn’t start using a smart phone until this year! Please make sure to congratulate Shalmar on being picked for Volunteer of the Month, & most importantly, thank her and all of our volunteers for all that they...

Seasoned with Salt

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are not believers, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:2-6  Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving Abba Father, We thank You for being the awesome, immeasurable, and matchless God that You are. We thank You for wrapping us in Your mercy and dipping us in Your grace. Father, we thank You that You have enabled us to take special care of YOUR CHILDREN! Thank You for the guys that come to Guys’ Group; guide their hearts and let them know Your love. Thank You for the girls that come to Thank God It’s Girls’ Club and High School Girls’ Bible Study; reveal Yourself to them as they learn about You and how they are precious daughters of the King. Thank You for the kids in Read Around the Block and Computer Club; let them supernaturally learn skills that they can use in their lives. Thank You for Your faithfulness all these years to provide volunteers AND staff! Thank You, Father, for the volunteers that You will bring this new year and the hearts and lives that You will continue to...

An Internship Reflection

For the last four months, I was able to be a public relations intern at Hope House Detroit. An internship was required for me to graduate and I honestly can’t think of a place that would have been a better fit for me. I first went to Hope House in 2014 when Rochester College sent a group of students there on Urban Plunge (RC’s alternative spring break to Detroit). I hadn’t been sure what to expect and I had my doubts about how fulfilling that week would be. I ended up experiencing God in ways that I never had before and I fell in love with the city of Detroit. I continued going on the Urban Plunge trip throughout college and loved getting to know Hope House better and better. Through the semester, I found myself becoming more and more grateful for my opportunity with Hope House; how many people can say that their internship brought them closer to the heart of God? The staff of Hope House made me meals, prayed with me, and deepened my understanding of God’s word. These are things that speak volumes of this non-profit which strives to show God’s real, crazy love to anyone who is willing to receive it. Aside from being able to utilize everything about PR that I’ve learned in 3 years, I was able to volunteer once a week at Hope House for their reading program called Read Around The Block. I was able to build relationships with the kids there and to see Christ’s love put into practice by the staff and volunteers around me. Hope House really...