Today, I took another leap of faith as a social impact leader. We purchased a 40FT Shipping Container to create something that doesn’t exist in Atlanta or around the country. I feel all of the vulnerability that you have in starting a new project. Why? Because this will be our biggest and most meaningful conversion project to date. However, I’m being driven by two things:
Firstly, I’m being driven by the fact that there are many people suffering and need honest advocacy. Second and last, I’m being driven because I know this is what God would have us do to take #lovebeyondwalls
Excited to share the details soon. The countdown just got real.
We’re Hiring a Part-Time Person!
Love Beyond Walls (LBW), a well-respected and growing organization, seeks a part-time person to assist with its mission of giving a voice to the voiceless.
This part-time person will work 10-15 hours each week and will work closely with our leadership team at LBW.
Send resumes and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Having “Empathy” means:
1. Having the ability to “walk in someone else’s shoes” for as long as You need to connect with them in order to be able to feel what they are feeling.
2. Wanting to understand what they are going through and show them they are not alone.
3. Not judging their situation in any way, not making yourself the Saviour and them the Victim.
4. Seeing them as they are. Offering them the space of your empathic presence allows them to feel seen and accepted. From there on, change and healing can take place.
Be empathic and #lovebeyondwalls
Today, we led hundreds of “doers” in the heart of the city to love those who are unseen and vulnerable. Gather Atlanta was special today because so many people made wonderful connections. We are leading “A Movement Of Doers!” If you are interested in serving with us in July, click [HERE]
What is Privilege?
We love a few definitions about privilege given by NCCJ,
Privilege: Unearned access to resources (social power) that are only readily available to some people because of their social group membership; an advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by one societal group above and beyond the common advantage of all other groups. Privilege is often invisible to those who have it.
Social Power: Access to resources that enhance one’s chances of getting what one needs in order to lead a comfortable, productive and safe life.
Class Privilege: The unearned access, resources and social status systematically given to upper-middle, upper, rich and owning class individuals at the expense of working and poor class individuals.
Target or Oppressed Identities: Social groups that are negatively valued, considered to be inferior, abnormal, or dependent and given limited access to resources and social power.
Agent or Privileged Identities: Social groups that are positively valued considered superior, independent, or “normal” and have access to resources and power.
What is Gentrification?
Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. But the effects of gentrification are complex and contradictory, and its real impact varies.
Many aspects of the gentrification process are desirable. Who wouldn’t want to see reduced crime, new investment in buildings and infrastructure, and increased economic activity in their neighborhoods? Unfortunately, the benefits of these changes are often enjoyed disproportionately by the new arrivals, while the established residents find themselves economically and socially marginalized.
Gentrification has been the cause of painful conflict in many American cities, often along racial and economic fault lines. Neighborhood change is often viewed as a miscarriage of social justice, in which wealthy, usually newcomers are congratulated for “improving” a neighborhood whose poor, minority residents are displaced by skyrocketing rents and economic change.
Although there is not a clear-cut technical definition of gentrification, it is characterized by several changes.
Next week, we are hanging out in the community with a group that is coming from Orlando, FL to serve with us! We are excited that this group from Genesis Church has chosen to come up here and serve with us.