Hi! My name is Claire and I have been living at Flatlanders Inn for a year! When I was in the process of applying, I didn’t realize how much I needed community and what a significant impact it would have on me in this season, but this community has influenced me and influenced the things I want to do in the future.
Firstly, I’ve really cherished how accepted I feel by others in this community. This community has been amazing in how they have really welcomed me in, and it has been a place where I can be my full self, even in the moments when I’m not doing okay. To be able to have that space means a lot to me. It has been a place where I’ve been able to process and wrestle with things in my own personal life and, being an extrovert, having people around while going through that season was uplifting and helpful.
Secondly, through developing relationships in the community and living in this area of the city, I have developed a love for social justice which has actually set me on a path of pursuing college to get more skills on how to help youth who are struggling. Talking to friends in the community and seeing their passion and grace for helping others has opened my horizons to new opportunities and to how, through my experiences, I can help others, too. Even getting to know the kids at Flatlanders has influenced my passion for helping youth.
There are so many more things I could write about that I could probably write a small book on the positive influence of community! But, all in all, this place really does mean a lot to me. I’m truly grateful for it.
– by Claire Tuba, Flatlanders Inn resident