Hillcrest Hope Update – March 2017

 In Outreach

Hi everyone. It’s been a while since I last updated you on our tenant, Sarah and her daughter, who occupy the Journey Church sponsored apartment at Hillcrest Hope. Sarah is very close to completing the program.

What does this mean? It means that on a weekly basis she and I have met to work on a budget and set financial goals that will help fight the homelessness that she has known in the past. This teaches her to live on a budget where tough choices have to be made. Her attitude has been so opening and welcoming to a new way of doing things and she has been a pleasure to work with. She realizes and accepts the missteps taken in the past and is ready for a bright future.

Every time we are together I take time out to speak to her about how much better her life would be if she invited God into it. I realize that I am only planting the seeds. She has remarked a number of times that she is surprised by what a church family like Journey Church does for others in their outreach programs.

Equally important to the weekly meetings is the fact that my co-volunteer, (don’t know for sure this is a word, but bear with me), Alexa, is taking care of the little one so that Sarah and I can discuss the hard things.

I am hoping that Sarah will be ready to graduate in about 6 weeks. Journey Church will then sponsor a graduation party for her. All of the tenants at Hillcrest Hope will be invited and we get to plant even more seeds.

Please think about serving in this ministry. It is sometimes very challenging but can also be very fulfilling as well. I can plug you in to the area that best fits your needs.

Julie Avila

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