When Karen Found Her Voice

When Karen Found Her Voice

Karen has always been quiet. She is strong, intelligent, and has the aroma of Jesus about her, but since we've known her (about 7 years) she's also been terribly shy.
 
Karen started in Solidarity's Glimpse After School Program (GASP) when she was in 4th grade. Meg, our SOLFul Director, recalls, "Karen was always the kid in the corner, never drawing attention to herself. She was always a quiet observer." As she grew, she stepped into every program offered to her, not because she had the confidence to, she clarifies, but because Solidarity staff kept encouraging her to do so.

Karen's growth was slow and steady, but what really launched her most recent growth was when you sent her to camp the last two years…

THE SACRED START OF DISCIPLESHIP

THE SACRED START OF DISCIPLESHIP

The messy art room at the 601 community building was the last place Trey expected God to meet him and his mentee, Miguel.

Miguel has always been a natural leader.  Sometimes he doesn’t recognize the influence he actually has over a room.  He is one of those students that, if he takes an interest in an obscure topic, slowly the rest of the group finds themselves overwhelmed with intrigue.

Trey noticed something special about Miguel the instant he met him.  There was something familiar about the way he carried himself...

 

WAYNE'S BIG RISK

WAYNE'S BIG RISK

For the most part, you would find Wayne reading a book, sketching different comic book creatures, or working on homework on his own at Garnet ASP. Sitting at the 1st grade table, Wayne would stick to himself, get homework help when needed, and then head home.

As a promoting sixth grader, Wayne was first introduced to IMPACT. Matt Anderson, Solidarity’s IMPACT Manager, was excited to be paired up with Wayne because he was so curious to see who Wayne was when he entered into community...