Today we wanted to show you what the average day in the life of Urban Purpose could look like. I say could because each day usually looks dramatically different. We hope that by reading this you can get a glimpse into how we are working with people on a day to day basis as the different events in their lives unfold. We will be updating this blog throughout the day, so be sure to check back in and see how the days progressing!
8:15 a.m.- This morning we are headed to the Bessemer Courthouse to stand beside and speak on behalf of one of our guys as he is planning to move forward in an attempt to turn his life around.
9:00 a.m.- Waiting for the judge to begin the hearing this morning. When we come to court with some of our people, it is more about being there for them and supporting them during this time than it is about how we can help.
9:30 a.m.- It was a short and sweet time in the courtroom today where the verdict was good for our friend! We are very thankful for the good grace and hopeful for the future of this great man.
Now we’re heading to visit one of our guys at a recovery program to check in and see how he is doing. It’s important to us that we keep good relationships with these people as they take steps to recovery in a program. This way they know that when it is time for them to leave, we will be there waiting to help them continue on in the process of bettering themselves.
10:25 a.m.- On our way to pick up a young lady that we’ve been getting to know recently. She’s in a really tough situation and has a couple of doctors appointments that she has to get today, so we’re helping her go to these. This will be one of the first chances that we will get to spend alone time with her away from some of the people she normally hangs out with. Be praying that this time goes well and she really opens up to us!
11:20 a.m.- As we attempted to go to the first of the two doctors appointments, it turned out that times were mixed up and we were not able to see the doctor today. Many times, things never go as planned!
Because of the time mix up, we were able to take her out to lunch and get spend some quality time getting to go over her needs. We were able to talk about some of her next steps and think through some things she hadn’t considered yet, but are definitely necessary. It’s easy to forget in the midst of difficult circumstances that one of the biggest needs people tend to have is for to just have someone to talk to.
12:50 p.m.- Right now we’re in the waiting process at the second doctor’s office. These appointments can be very unpredictable as far as the timing goes. Praying for all good news!
1:45 p.m.- Thankful for a good, quick doctors appointment. We have found that in many cases just by being able to meet peoples basic needs, this can be a great way to build trust and begin to develop deeper relationships. By having that trust we are able to go deeper with people and help them figure out the root their problems.
3:15 p.m.- We’re finally back in the office and will be able to get some much needed work done. Sometimes we actually function like a regular business, with administrative work and all.
4:20 p.m.-We got to end today by meeting with a young mother that we’ve worked with for several years now. One of our amazing volunteers donated furniture for her new apartment, and we got to hand it off to her! She is doing an incredible job as a single mother and working hard at her new career. It’s always encouraging to visit with her and be reminded of God’s faithfulness through the storms in life.
That’s a wrap for today! We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to take a glimpse into our lives here at Urban Purpose. Every day of the week is going to look dramatically different; we will see the good, the bad and the ugly. Thankfully we know that our strength does not depend on anything in us, but comes directly from Christ. He alone gives us the hope, encouragement and the passion to walk beside His children one step at a time.
Thanks for taking the journey with us through a day in the life of Urban Purpose! God Bless.