JUSTembrace the New Intern!

Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself; my name is Jordan Kelley, and I am the new intern here at JUSTembrace. I am a recent graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where I studied economics and religious studies. Along with other DePaul students, I was part of the InterVarsity justice small group, a group that partnered… Read more »

I Found Him in the Bushes

Literally. I just found Lawrence in the bushes. And if I had not gotten a flat tire on my bike, I would have missed the opportunity to help. _______________________________________________________ When I first visited 4942 N. Kenmore Ave, I had an experience that is forever etched into my heart and made it very clear that this… Read more »

Fool’s Gold(en Rule)

One of the all-time most made comments about the work of JUSTembrace in Uptown has got to be: “I could never do what you do!” The first time I heard this, I cringed – but I wasn’t exactly sure why. I understood what people were saying – the “types” of people we’ve been building community… Read more »

From Service to Hospitality – a Community Conversion

Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed… Read more »

Coffee, Violence, Theft, Addiction = HOPE

I just got inside from spending a few hours at the front gate giving away Gevalia coffee to passers by. We were also passing out invitations to the foot clinic we are hosting on Saturday. It was so neat to hear Maureen belt out “Free Coffee!!” to people as they passed by or exited the… Read more »

Uninvited to Speak

I knew one day I would have one of these stories.  I really didn’t want to have a story like this so soon, and definitely not for what has caused this, but none the less, it is what it is.  I want to share this story because, well, I’m learning a lot through it and… Read more »

Reflections: Yard Sale

I was very grateful during the weeks leading up to the yard sale to have the help of one of my housemates to simplify my life and subsequently, the life of JUSTembrace.  Truthfully, there’s a LOT more we could have gotten rid of, but I have this deep desire to hold onto things “just in… Read more »

Diffusing a Bomb

The intent of this post is to show how we can bring the gift of restoration into potentially volatile situations and see really awesome outcomes. This isn’t a story of some heroic act on public transportation – but of how responding out of our humanity and not our fear can ease tension and restore people in small… Read more »

The Gift of Healing

When I was 8, my 12 year old sister, Stacia, died from cancer.  Ever since then, I’ve had a hard time praying for healing for anyone. Actually, I’ve had a hard time praying for anything with “faith believing”, as it seems Jesus encourages us to. Although I don’t pray with the confidence I’ve been taught… Read more »

Schizophrenic Savior

One of the best parts of living intentionally is getting to know my neighbors better over time. I first saw Desmond a long time ago at a soup kitchen.  It wasn’t until he first came to a foot clinic that I had the courage to talk to him.  Desmond is an older man originally from Ghana … Read more »