Feels like Hope

You do you work the best that you can
You put one foot in front of the other
Life comes in waves and makes its demands
You hold on as well as you're able
You've been here for a long long time

But Hope has a way of turning its face to you just when you least expect it
You walk in a room you look out a window and something there leaves you breathless
You say to yourself it's been a while since I've felt this
But it feels like it might be Hope.

It's hard to recall what blew out the flame
It's been dark here since you can remember
You talk it all through to find it a name
As days go on by without number

-Sara Groves "It Might Be Hope"

If you've read our Fall newsletter, you know that it's been a hard season for us at KCB.  Some of the neighbors we've been working with for months (even years!) have experienced major setbacks.  Our hearts break when hope seems so far away even after so much hard work.  These people are not *just* our clients--they are our friends and neighbors.  The summer was full of holding back tears while we tried to remain hopeful and positive on behalf of them.

But, this morning.  Something feels different.

I walked in this morning to an office full of staff buzzing around with hope.  They were excited because a homeless neighbor we've been working intensely with for months got the thumbs up to move into his home this afternoon.  They were moved because they witnessed a group of homeless neighbors surround a vulnerable friend, also homeless, as he fought to stay sober over the weekend so he could get into a medical detox program this morning.

I'm now holding back tears of joy and gratefulness.  As much as my selfish and messed up heart breaks for the struggle of my neighbors, I know that God cares and hurts even more.  It's an honor to serve and believe in such a compassionate and loving God.

We invite you to join us in this beautiful work of walking alongside our neighbors.  It hurts, but it's worth it.  If you'd like to learn more about how you can get involved, please fill out this volunteer form and we will get back to you with the current opportunities.

(If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter, please email us or call 562-804-2189.  You can listen to Sara Groves' song here.)

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