|Location||Spokane, WA Post Falls, ID|
|Team Member ID||50830|
Born and raised in Indiana, I am the middle of five children. I grew up learning from parents who lived very intentional, missional lives (before I even knew what that meant) in our community. After completing a registered nursing degree, I moved back to my hometown and "accidentally" stumbled into starting a Safe Families for Children chapter there. I truly did not plan to develop or run a ministry, but God sovereignly dropped this volunteer-turned-time-
I joined the Communitas family in the fall of 2017, and am currently loving and being loved by Chi Rho Community Church and New Community Church in the mountainous Northwest. I am excited to be in the process of developing Thrive Housing, a project that will harness investor dollars to purchase duplex properties where diverse and mixed income community can flourish. My dream is for every human being to experience the safety of a home in the context of community. I learned from my days with Safe Families that we all need each other. In his book Tattoos on the Heart, Father Greg Boyle says this: “Pema Chodron, an ordained Buddhist nun, writes of compassion and suggests that its truest measure lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.” My hope for Thrive Housing is to provide those in need of a place to live an affordable home to call their own. Perhaps my greatest desire for this project, however, is to provide those of us who may not even know we need it an opportunity to live in kinship with those on the margins...men, women, and children who may wind up being some of the greatest teachers we ever encounter.