Entries by lukek

Johnny on why invest in Urban Alliance

Johnny came to the Momentum program while he was still on parole. He is originally from the south side of Chicago, but, he was stuck in Kalamazoo as a condition of his parole. Johnny spent much of his life in the gangs of Chicago’s south side but he was looking for a way out, he […]

Dan’s Story of Transformation

When Dan enrolled in the Momentum program, he had recently finished a 15+ year stay in the criminal justice system. He wanted to work, but he was having a hard time finding someone who would give him a chance. During our intake interview we asked him how many jobs he had applied for in the […]

Amanda’s stoy of Transformation

Like many others who walk through our doors, Amanda came to us with very little hope in her current situation; she was just released from prison, had an extensive criminal background, and had large gaps in her work history. However, Amanda took the little bit of hope she had and joined the Momentum program. Amanda […]

A forth second chance

Is it okay to stop giving second chances? When is it socially acceptable to give up on someone? After they fell down 5 times, 10 times, or 20 times? As a society, I would argue we give up hoping for individuals way too early. I was struck by an email I received today from a […]

The risk of real relationship

Human beings are made for real relationship. Unfortunately, we live in a world that makes it all too easy to bypass real relationships. We are more concerned with organizing our personal lives, and keeping things nice and tidy than opening up to that quagmire called real relationship. This thought is further enforced by the fact […]

Build eternal and true legacy through people

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, […]

Hope in a phone call

It is two weeks after the sixth term of Momentum had ended, and I just received two more phone calls from participants, that makes 6 phone calls or texts since the graduation. But before I tell you what they said let’s back up a bit.

Building more than a house

I had to lift the hem of my skirt to walk through mounds of wet garbage and junk furniture to get to the back door of 907 Hays Park. All that I could think of was another number…409…gallons and gallons of it to clean this place! Any reasoning that this abandoned house could offer a […]

Good Friday

My day begins at 8am as I start by prepping the classroom for today’s Momentum class. It is just one of three, one hour classes that happen everyday as part of the six week job readiness program. This particular class is on Communication and Teamwork. This is a workshop that I have facilitated dozens of […]