Working for Hosea for the past year has been a rewarding experience. I’ve had the opportunity to better develop my professional skills, as well as get to know a lot of the youth Hosea works with through our drop-in center. Because of how important our drop-in center hub is to all things Hosea, in this week’s blog post, I wanted to share some thoughts on how Hosea staff approach our time in the drop-in.
Firstly, as Hosea staff, we see the ground level purpose for the drop-in center as a means to provide an opportunity for youth to sign up for one of our programs, enjoy a hot meal, access needed resources (i.e. laundry services, showers, toiletries, and clothes), and/or enjoy some rest in a safe space. However, the drop-in center also functions as much more than a hub for resources. It’s our means to meet new youth and to connect all youth so that they can begin taking their next steps in transitioning off of the streets—whether that’s obtaining work, housing, or simply acquiring needed forms of I.D.
Secondly, at our drop-in center, we emphasize a life beyond the streets. We believe that with the right tools and proper motivation, all youth can succeed in creating a healthy and sustainable life away from the street. Accordingly, we pursue all youth with the mentality that they all have the potential to succeed. Nonetheless, we also acknowledge that not every youth we work with will succeed in getting off of the streets. In light of this, at Hosea, we know that though our programs and drop-in center serve a purpose and are beneficial for our youth, the most important thing we can present them with is the Gospel.
Despite our efforts, only the Gospel has the power to transform and to heal. Our only means to truly help the youth we work with is to present the Gospel every night and trust that the only one who can heal and transform is the Lord*.
Surmising, we approach the drop-in through a lens of intentionality, focusing on creating relationships, pushing to empower youth to take their next steps in transitioning off of the streets, and pointing youth to Christ. These are our goals for every drop-in evening.
If you’d like to know more about our philosophy in the drop-in, please feel free to contact me. Additionally, if you’d like to volunteer or become a youth mentor, visit our volunteer page to fill out our application.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I hope to see you in the drop-in sometime soon!
*2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:22-24; Titus 3:5.