Dig In To Dig Out
In recent days, we have watched a large portion of South Texas absorb the historic impact of Hurricane Harvey, which has destroyed more than 100,000 homes, altered communities, and taken the lives of dozens of people. The unrelenting power of this storm was devastating. But, in the face of this destruction, opportunities to serve presented themselves. Neighbors, family members, even complete strangers worked tirelessly to help others. Their commitment to “dig in” and begin the long process of rebuilding inspired millions of Americans, including this one.
When you take community seriously, solutions to critical challenges come from within. Local leaders, innovative ideas that reflect that local understanding, and a commitment to one another are hallmarks of how a community can “dig out” of poverty, hopelessness, and despair. In this edition of the Wheat Ridge eNews, you will read about one such program in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Bethel New Life is bringing an innovative approach to (re)developing a manufacturing presence in their community with employment opportunities for local residents. We are proud to stand with them as a partner in this important work.
Thank you for “digging in” with us and helping others through Wheat Ridge. Our prayers continue to be with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey as well as those who may be impacted by Hurricane Irma in the days to come.
Paul C. Miles
President and CEO
Wheat Ridge Ministries
PS – If you are interested in assisting those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, we encourage you to give to our longtime partner, Upbring.