I’ve been trying to write a blog post for weeks. There are just too many amazing things going on at Luther Place and the Steinbruck Center for me to choose only one topic to talk about! While I was sitting down trying to write this, I decided that I would take a break and write a note to a few of my friends to tell them they should get a group together and come stay at the Steinbruck Center Hostel for a few nights. Then I thought to myself, “What better way than to post the letter I’m going to send to my friends about what we do at the Steinbruck Center and why I think it is so important?” So here goes…
I’ve spent this summer really thinking and learning a lot about what it means to be engaged in your community, and why that’s important. I’ve always known I’m passionate about that, but at Luther Place I’ve really seen what it means to be a grounded community that is engaged in the larger community. I’ve also the opportunity to accompany so many folks during their time at the Steinbruck Center Hostel Ministry who have seen this community and gone home, quite literally, changed people. They’ve gone home ready to get plugged into service happening in their hometown; they’ve gone home ready to stay aware of what’s going on in their community; they’ve gone home willing to put in the work of researching the issues of their communities and committed to figuring out what they can do to organize around those issues.
Someone asked me today how I feel after my time at Luther Place/Steinbruck Center so far, and I realized I hadn’t thought about that too much. A few of my answers were: I feel challenged to critically evaluate how I think about society, I feel inspired because I’ve seen a few (or just one!) people work hard and listen to the people they’re serving and make a sustainable change for good, I feel more aware of the macro picture, and I feel like I can make a difference that’s worth making.
by Curley Newgent, Steinbruck Center 2013 Summer & Fall Intern