Before Corey Hicks enrolled at City Vision University, he received a degree in Biblical Studies from the School of Urban Missions. He eventually heard from a friend about City Vision, and he was attracted to the college's practicality and hands-on experience that was necessary for him to become an effective urban minister. He later graduated from City Vision and received a degree in Missions in 2008.
[I]n the beginning of 2010, Jonathan Musgrove was abusing drugs and alcohol on a daily basis. He remembers, “I sacrificed everything to stay high.” His unstable lifestyle brought him to isolation: “My fiancé and son required too much of me, so I left. My parents couldn’t handle my deceitfulness, and they kicked me out.” Basically homeless, six months into the year, he stepped into Scranton Rescue Mission for a meal.
If there was one thing Michelle Smith really needed, it was more time. Before her internship at City Vision, she worked full-time as a Collections Officer while at the same time raising a son. Her job required her to commute long miles and work late nights and weekends.
Kim Thornton enrolled at City Vision University while volunteering for an organization that provided assistance to felons planning to reenter society. She taught them how to dress for success, interview techniques, how to search for jobs, and how to write resumes and cover letters.
KidWorks, located in Santa Ana, CA hosted its 9th Annual Christmas Store on December 18, 2010. Many of the neighborhood families cannot afford to buy toys for their children, and the Christmas Store is where parents can shop for children's at just 10-20% of retail value.
I heard buzz around the office about how crazy the store could and would be, but I never took into account all of the families' lives it could touch.
When working with children, there are many days that go by monotonously. Behavior, homework, and classroom procedures can sometimes seem to be a routine. It is often a challenge to step back and look at the large-scale change. However, the changes in the children and families, whether large or small, are the very things that teach me and motivate me to go on.