Chasing Destiny into Baltimore

I have always  felt a calling on my life, and as the child of two idealistic people they named me Destinee because they felt a woman named after fate itself could be fearless enough to define her own. When I decided to do the Episcopal Service Corps program in Baltimore many people commended my call to service while simultaneously spewing their skewed perceptions of this city. I know what you’re thinking: “Didn’t President Trump call this city a dirty, rat and rodent infested mess?”

Yes, yes he did.

But I came here despite the rumors, because I loved this city even before I was given the privilege to live here. At North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University the most artistic, brilliant, and driven people were from this area. Though this bustling city has its problems (as most major cities do) this city has revived my spirit after a period of transition and loss. I’m in my 20’s , and if you’re too or ever have been you know this decade can kill you. But God has been molding me, and pointed me in this direction.

As the intern at Epiphany Community Center I wear many hats. I work with the church and community center on their family stability program, youth work, and youth ministry. Working with various populations has allowed me to see myself as just one part of the whole body of Christ. I have never felt more connected to my fellow man than I am now. As I help my community, I help myself. As I am compassionate towards my community, I easily extend compassion to myself. As I heal the youth, I heal myself. Often we come into service work thinking we are giving of ourselves, but in reality Baltimore has given me the opportunity to love myself and love my God even more.

 

Kelly at Public Justice Center

Hi! My name is Kelly. I recently graduated from Messiah College with a BA in English. I’m so excited to spend my service year with Public Justice Center, a legal organization that confronts injustice through both individual representation and systemic advocacy. So far I’ve completed intakes with clients, researched systemic issues in public schools, and helped create a social media campaign for the National Week of Action Against School Pushout. PJC’s work perfectly integrates my interest in education with my skills in reading, writing, communication, and technology. Check out this infographic I’ve been working on for our social media!

 

Abby is… New in Town

Hello all!

This is my first blog post and I’m über nervous, so bear with me:)

I came to Baltimore because I love this city, and for the fact that I was still reasonably close to my family and friends in the Eastern Shore, Ocean City to be exact. Furthermore, I knew many people here and was already pretty acquainted with the dynamics of the city.  However, after moving here and actually living in the heart of it all, I realized there was so much more than just the tourist destinations I tended to go near.  Through many adventures I found small and unique avenues that many disregard and forget about, but which hold some of the best features of the city. We may not be the richest, cleanest, or nicest to look at; but in some of the strangest places I found many wonderful and caring people who hold immense pride and love for where they live.  So many are amazing activists who wish to see this city flourish and live again. And I’m proud I’m doing my service year here!