Renewed Hope

Turn on the news any given day and you are sure to find countless disheartening stories. Stories about war, murders, natural disasters, idiots running for president, and many other things that are sure to ruin your day. Scroll down your Facebook newsfeed and it is almost guaranteed you will see photos of a horrific car crash or an article about someone dying.

We are given constant daily reminders that the world is full of evil. Sometimes it’s hard to not be overwhelmed with despair.

I have been blessed with wonderful a family and friends who bring so much love and happiness in my life. Their loving hearts and kind souls reminded me of the good in the world. Until August, they were my main source of hope.

That was until one August morning, at 8:45 a.m. when I walked into 130 Bruno Street. Everyone gathered for morning meeting that began with a trainee reading the mission statement, “Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community”. I was starting a new job, in a new city, living in a new house, with five new roommates, but in that moment I knew that I was exactly where God wanted me to be.

Every day I am privileged to work alongside an incredible group of people who strive to make the world a better place. They do this by providing hope, training, and support to a population that is tragically neglected and looked down upon by society. On a daily basis I see everyone from the development team, to the case management team tirelessly work to help our client become a contributing member of our community. Their hard work and dedication prove to me that there is hope for a better tomorrow. Hope has an address, and it is 130 Bruno Street.

–Chrystalle

2015-2016 SJW

 

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