Reflections on Nine Years and Leaving

April 1st marks the ninth anniversary of New City Neighbors. Nine years represents a quarter of my life, and nearly all of my hair loss. I didn’t know what I was doing when we launched New City Neighbors, and in many ways, I feel like I’m still finding my way. Every...

Christmas Reflections

The season of Advent is drawing to a close. I’ve never fully appreciated Advent like I have this year. At the church I attend, our advent series has been entitled Waiting… with ever week a different focus. We’ve talked about waiting in the dark, waiting in exile,...

Christmas Anxiety

Since New City Afterschool launched in early October, we’ve had the opportunity to really connect and build relationships with a number of students. If you’ve read some earlier blog posts from this fall, you’ve likely read some stories about how kids lives are being...

Understanding & Hope

Jon has been attending New City Afterschool for about three or four weeks now. He started coming with some of the regular students, and has now become a regular student himself. Jon is an interesting kid who’s emotional state often flips like a light switch. He...

Fall Reflections

Today, as the wind howl’s outside, and I should be doing other things, I’m feeling reflective. If you’ve been reading this blog, then you know that this fall has brought about a number of changes at New City Neighbors including hiring Alaina to be our program...