With Gratitude

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At Square Inch, we are grateful for our neighbors, our partners, and the amazing calling etched into the fabric of our organization. We are also thankful for YOU! Our amazing network of friends and supporters are the ones who keep us going! Join Square Inch Houston in forming wholehearted, justice driven leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities

Consider giving a Special Gift or becoming one of our Sustaining Partners through monthly giving by November 27th #GivingTuesday. Visit www.squareinchhouston.org/give to learn more. 


Speaking about reconciliation to Impact Movement students.

Speaking about reconciliation to Impact Movement students.

Recently, John Eigege participated in a conversation hosted by the Impact Movement that sought reconciliation, understanding, and stronger partnerships between African, Black (African American) and Caribbean students.

Square Inch is deeply committed to the reconciling work of Jesus, and this was a great opportunity to share our work in transformation by inviting young, black leaders to join us in taking ownership for the transformation of communities like 3rd Ward and our local campuses. 

Your partnership helps us continue to inspire the next generation of leadership to remain in our communities to live and lead. Please click on the "Give" button below and partner with us in forming leaders who transform communities!


As seasons change...

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As the seasons change in Houston, we at Square Inch can’t help but look back and take note of the developments God has seen us through over the last few months. Our board has increased in strength, action, and number! The growth in number came as we welcomed Ross Hampton to the team. Ross’ passion for Christ, construction management, and the community of Houston has drawn him to become our newest board member.

Square Inch has grown in knowledge and strength, too. We were blessed with the opportunity to partner with a supporter of our organization whose talent in non-profit management was leveraged to lead our Board Development Retreat. Over the course of the retreat, our team learned how an effective board thinks, and began implementing strategies to do our transformational work. This retreat left the team feeling motivated -- ready to define our goals and put them into action!

The momentum from the retreat moved our Facilities Committee to action. With a reinvigorated desire to serve Third Ward and work with college students, they are now committed to seeking out a quarterly service project that facilitates connection between students and the neighborhood. With a group of six Rice University students, the team spent a Saturday in September revitalizing a small church in the community. Wall paper removal is a very tasking job!

As I recount the last months, and look forward to the upcoming season of "Thankfulness," my heart is filled with gratitude. I am grateful for the support that has come from friends of the organization. I am grateful for the opportunities we have had to love and serve Houston's historic Third Ward neighborhood. And this gives me hope for the opportunities that will take shape as Square Inch continues to grow into its mission: "Mobilizing wholehearted, justice driven leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities."

Thank you all for your partnership in our work! 

Blessings,
Brytani


Brytani

Brytani Hinson
Board Member

Brytani currently serves on the Programming Committee on the Square Inch Houston board. Brytani is responsible for Curriculum Development for Square Inch.

Because of you...

Our initiative seeks to form whole hearted, justice-shaped leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities. Watch the video to see how you can join us in fulfilling this mission.

Because of your partnership, God is moving Square Inch Houston from vision to reality.
Thank You!

Dear friends,

Last year, we set out on a journey to establish a non-profit organization that would help us fulfill a specific mission in Houston's historic Third Ward;Mobilizing wholehearted, justice driven leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities. 

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Last year, your support enabled us to form an official non-profit organization and recruit a board of directors with a wide range of skills who volunteer their time to make sure our initiative runs smoothly, even without staff. 

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In partnership with New Life Christian Reformed Church,  your support continues to help us pay for land in the neighborhood that will support the residential portion of our leadership formation initiative in the future. Through your generosity, we were able to demolish the old building on the land and now have a blank slate to dream about the future.

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Because of you, we are engaged in conversation with partners in our neighborhood about piloting a leadership formation initiative with two students from local universities by Spring 2019, with the hope of rolling out the full program by Fall of 2020! 

Thank you so much! As we continue to move forward, we know we cannot do what God has called us to do without your support. This month, we begin a new ministry year. We are looking to expand our partnership base to include the following monthly gifts.

$500/month: 2 people
$250/month: 4 people
$100/month: 10 people
$50/ month: 10 people
$25/month: 10 people
Other: 4 people

Consider joining our team of "Sustaining Partners." We do our work because of people like you, and your support is invaluable! Click on the link below to form leaders who transform communities!

I love 3rd WARD!

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"To faithfully join the work of transforming a neighborhood, one must learn to truly love its people, history, and culture."


On Saturday, January 29th, 2018, the Board of Directors of Square Inch Houston visited exhibits of Round 47 at Project Row Houses. Project Row Houses was founded in the early 90s and is celebrating 25 years of existence this year. Every Fall and Spring, Project Row Houses places on view art installations inspired by our local Third Ward community. Each round focuses on a particular justice related theme.

This round's theme was "The Art of Doing: Preserving, Revitalizing, and Protecting Third Ward." Community voices collectively pulled together to express  concerns over the gentrification of Third Ward.  Gentrification hits all of us in different ways. Some people are uncomfortable using the term. Some believe it is a good thing for neighborhoods experiencing areas of blight and decay while others reject it wholeheartedly.

Working closely with the Emancipation Economic Development Council, whose work inspired Round 47 at Project Row Houses, I have appreciated getting a clear definition of gentrification that helps to dispel the mist that so often clouds conversations around it. Our definition of gentrification is simple.Gentrification is the influx of wealthier residents into a neighborhood that leads to the involuntary displacement of existing residents, history, and culture.

This definition is so important because it focuses on an injustice; the involuntary displacement of inherent good that already exists. Non of us want our actions, whether voluntary or involuntary to rip apart the fabric of a community. When gentrification happens, people are displaced, and we lose other things in the process. People are creators of culture, and curators of history. In my neighborhood, which is largely African American, gentrification creates a loss of human resources, but also leads to a loss of a beautiful history and culture that is unique to this place called Third Ward.

As our board interacted with the art houses, we began to ask some pointed questions around the work of transformation that we would be joining in Third Ward. We had conversations around alignment of mission, vision, and values. We all sensed that we were joining a work of transformation in our neighborhood that was bigger than any single person or entity.

We were inspired by the very deliberate, concerted, and community led effort to combat gentrification and pursue more equitable community development in Northern Third Ward. We asked hard questions around design and what kind of structure we should place on our small 5000 sqft piece of property. 

Some of our questions remain unanswered. But we know with all certainty that it is impossible to join God in his work of transforming a neighborhood, city, country, without truly loving its people, history, and culture. That is why, at Square Inch, from our inception, we have committed to investing and immersing ourselves in the narrative of the spaces, places, and faces where we work, because we believe that God is uniquely at work through them.

Third Ward, Houston is a place of remarkable contrasts; it's beauty and brokenness often collide, yet exist in a delicate embrace that calls anyone who passes through the neighborhood to think deeply about the richness of the history, culture, and people here. We love our neighborhood. We believe as Square Inch forms leaders who transform communities, our whole community will thrive and flourish. We are committed to what God is doing in this place. We partner with a diverse community of people to seek the flourishing of this place!

Please consider joining our efforts to work for the flourishing of our community. Click on the "Give" button below to support our efforts as we form leaders who transform  community in sustainable and equitable ways. 

Some poignant questions that members of our Third Ward community are currently asking. 

Some poignant questions that members of our Third Ward community are currently asking. 

"A Thrill of Hope!"

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. And the government will be upon his shoulders; And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end."     - Isaiah 9:6-7a

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. And the government will be upon his shoulders; And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end."

- Isaiah 9:6-7a

There is something mysteriously glorious about Christmas! In this season, we all hope and wait in expectation for something wonderful to be revealed. The common joy and hope we share is palpable. There is desire for old things to pass away, and for all things to be made new; our habits, our bodies, our purpose. We all long for meaning beyond ourselves and share a deep desire for belonging to true community.

But a baby lying in a manger seems an odd candidate to place all our hopes and dreams upon, right? Surely we could have found a safer depository of all this expectation. A more noble birth. A more progressive town than Bethlehem. Better news outlets than shepherds. However, the incarnation inspires our wonder and imagination, because it is the work of God, and he is pretty good at using the most unlikely heroes to work out his salvation. In this baby, and through this family, all humanity’s hopes of a better world will come true!

Christmas is a time to let your imagination for the flourishing of our world run wild, because if God chose to be born of a virgin, entering our world shrouded by scandal, to bring wholeness to our brokenness, then anything is possible! The personification of God ushers in a new kingdom, where heaven meets earth, human flourishing truly extends from all people to all people and all the walls of injustice come crashing down, with bridges of justice, mercy, and love built in their stead.

"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
  For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn."


This is the ultimate Christmas gift! God with Us! Because he is with us, and he is for us, all oppression shall cease. Because he is with us, and is for us, all injustice will be made right! The light of The Son of God is piercing our darkness. Jesus truly is the gift that keeps on giving!

At Square Inch, we believe God has called us to participate in his ongoing work of restoration in our neighborhood by forming local leaders who transform their communities.

This holiday season, I am thankful for YOU and the way you have championed everything we are and everything we do. Thank you so much for your partnership! We can not dream the way we do and work to make those dreams reality without your generous support. Please click the "Give" button below to join us in bringing God's peace and flourishing to Third Ward; our little corner of the world. Watch the video below to learn more!

Square Inch Houston
Forming Leaders. Transforming Communities.