Since I was a child, I’ve been drawn to serving in inner-city USA, meeting whatever needs arise in the space I’m in. For this reason, I’ve relocated to Atlanta to live in the “Big Purple House” with DOOR/Dwell for a year of service from August 2016 – July 2017. I am also pursuing my dream of running professionally with Atlanta Track Club.
Dwell is a year of living simply. In addition to working 32 hours a week for a nonprofit, we will be doing various service and learning projects, joining an area church, and living in intentional community. My elite team is a post-collegiate running group sponsored by Mizuno and Atlanta Track Club, and coached by Andrew Begley and 2008 Olympian Amy Yoder-Begley.
Often lately, I’ve been completely blown away by the opportunities that I’ve been given during my high school and college years. Much of my privilege is not directly related to money. Rather, I believe that relationships with people in my life have empowered me with the tools that I need to succeed–something you just can’t buy. I hope to “pay it forward” by forging new relationships in Atlanta!
Learn more about DOOR/Dwell: http://www.doornetwork.org/atlanta/
Atlanta Track Club Elite: http://www.atlantatrackclub.org/elite
I work with an organization called “Back on my Feet”, which uses running as a process of empowerment for Atlanta’s homeless population.
“Back on My Feet recruits members at homeless and residential facilities around the country and begins with a commitment to run three days a week in the early morning. After 30 days in the program, members with 90% attendance earn the opportunity to move into the second phase of the program called Next Steps, which provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals, and housing resources.”
Back on My Feet Atlanta: http://atlanta.backonmyfeet.org/about-back-on-my-feet
Atlanta Track Club Elite has been extremely generous in offering me access to coaching, travel, Mizuno gear & shoes, supplements, chiropractic care, and moral support. Running competitively is exhausting and rewarding in every sense, but I love it fiercely. My main competitive seasons will be Jan-Feb and April-June.
I’m so hopeful that I’ll be able to use my unique gifts in a way that is uplifting and to approach this new challenge with humility and energy, knowing that I still have MUCH to learn from the people with whom I am working. I will let my ideas and convictions rest on open palms this year, careful not to hold too tightly to my worldview that will surely not stay stagnant as I learn and grow in this new place.
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