At CSM sites around the country, we seek to engage the city in which God has placed us. We strive to know its streets, its people, its history. The more we learn and the more we love, the more our hearts are broken by the injustices faced by many of the populations with whom we serve: the addicted, the disabled, the orphan, the impoverished, the homeless. In soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, and food pantries. On street corners, under bridges, and outside of shops and restaurants.
We quickly find that many of the urban issues we encounter are steeped not only in stereotypes and prejudices, but in failed policies and governance. But progress is being made. Check out this article about how the federal government is working to decriminalize homelessness around the country, and advocate for similar advancements in your own city!
- Sarah Trax, CSM Chicago Associate City Director