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JANUARY 7, 2016

Last night I had a Women’s Group meeting at Challenge House 7.  These were women from the Canton Pike Neighborhood that needed to sing their life songs of perceived hurt, hopelessness, and worthlessness.  What transpired was the knitting together of friendships that allowed for the singing of life songs that truly inspired and assisted each [...]

By |2016-12-08T14:57:35-06:00January 7th, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on JANUARY 7, 2016


  Sitting on my couch the other night Watching some neighborhood friends Look at pictures on the walls of my apartment   Commenting on this picture and that frame,   Remembering when I moved into the Challenge House 7 apartment just six months prior   Remembering standing in the middle of my Challenge House 7 [...]

By |2016-08-11T23:13:10-06:00January 1st, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on JANUARY 2016

DECEMBER 30, 2015

Driving back to CH7 at lunch on Tuesday, I crossed over the Walking Trail on 15th Street and came upon a tiny beige colored dog walking in the middle of the road. I blew my car horn, but that tiny ball of beige fur gave me the stink eye and just kept slowly walking.  Now, I am an animal [...]

By |2016-08-11T23:06:27-06:00December 30th, 2015|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on DECEMBER 30, 2015

Sherry Cruise

On such a rainy windswept day, Casper and  I was out walking the neighborhood, and found about five kids out playing in the rain in clothes better suited for summer.  I stopped and asked them how was their Christmas and they all began excitedly to tell me what they had received which mostly consisted of [...]

By |2016-08-11T23:18:27-06:00December 1st, 2015|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on Sherry Cruise

March 2014

It started with a door knock in 2010, over at Challenge House #2. I opened the door, and there she stood: sleek, bashful, determined: "I need help with math". 6 years later she has a job, and is about to graduate from our community college! Fast forward from that door knock; we just had breakfast-lunch [...]

By |2016-12-08T14:57:35-06:00March 4th, 2014|News|Comments Off on March 2014

October 2, 2013

*A lawyer calls; his yard man has gotten old and sick, and can no longer carry out mowing and yard work at his office. He knows the easy way is to just call a commercial mowing company, but he's read about the work-over-welfare summer programs at Challenge Houses, and calls, "wondering if any of the [...]

By |2016-12-08T14:57:35-06:00October 2nd, 2013|News|Comments Off on October 2, 2013

Summer is coming!

We have had a good winter here at CH3, and things are starting to pick up as the weather turns more spring-like. We have had great success with the after school program that we launched in December. It is called CHASERs (Challenge House After School Enrichment) and meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm. Our goal with [...]

By |2016-12-08T14:57:37-06:00March 27th, 2013|Challenge House 3|Comments Off on Summer is coming!


We are all chasing something, aren't we?  Maybe we are chasing financial or professional success, or the approval of someone we love, or, if you're like me, you feel like you are chasing your own tail just trying to keep up with all that life brings your way!  Back in December, a new, experimental "program" was birthed at [...]

By |2016-12-08T14:57:37-06:00January 22nd, 2013|Challenge House 3|Comments Off on CHASERS

Changing Seasons

After spending the last 6 months building a handful of friendly, trusting relationships, we suddenly find ourselves having to start all over again!  There are at least 5 empty houses where families with children used to live, some of which we had come to love.  Now, these houses have "For Rent" or "For Sale" signs in the [...]

By |2016-12-08T14:57:37-06:00October 26th, 2012|Challenge House 3|Comments Off on Changing Seasons