“Are the Holes Just a Style Thing?”

“Are the Holes Just a Style Thing?”

There’s a house on the corner of our block that always has a calico cat sitting on the porch. I first noticed it one fateful night when I had sprinted barefoot out of our door after my housemate, Luke, who was taking our recently captured house mouse to be...
Lessons From A First Grader

Lessons From A First Grader

I have taken up residency in the Windy City and Mission Year has finally materialized. Before I dive into what it’s like being here, y’all need context. So let’s get some of the logistics out of the way first. 1. I live in Southside Chicago (West...
Expanding the Boundaries of “Family”

Expanding the Boundaries of “Family”

The beginning of this past June marked by my fourth and final “Come & See” weekend as a team member of Mission Year. These weekends create space for the family and friends we have from home to come join in on a weekend here in the city and share in the lives we...
Great Expectations

Great Expectations

When I entered Mission Year, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I would live in a house, with several other people, volunteer at a service site four days a week, and engage in the neighborhood in which I would be placed. Simple, right? Little did I know that...
A Bridge Between Two Worlds

A Bridge Between Two Worlds

This month has really been a great month of learning a lot about myself. It all started with just going to the local library to peruse of their computers to search for books. I also had to turn in a book I finished reading. As I was searching in the box for anything...