During the summer of 1984, 13 college graduates followed the vision of Amos 5:24, "but let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like a never failing stream," and moved into the marginalized community of East Palo Alto. For these young adults, the pursuit of justice meant serving and living among African American & Latino students in order to address the felt needs of this unique community. Now, 30 years later recent college graduates from around the country are following the same vision.
For Stefie, now a second-year fellow, the satisfaction of seeing Sabrina learn about God's forgiveness in a practical lesson during the middle school retreat brought the words of Amos 5:24 to life. The commitment to bring revival to the city of East Palo Alto in a holistic manner spurred now second-year fellow, Briana, to pour into the community. She has advocated for solutions to eliminate the overwhelming number of men and women re-entering the prison system as well as lobbied for affordable housing policies for East Palo Alto residents on the West Side.
Both Stefie and Briana's motivation behind the work they do is rooted in a belief that Christ is the hope that sustains; the same belief that propelled the founders to move into East Palo Alto. While the 13 founders have transitioned from their previous roles, their dream is still living on through the lives of EPA Fellows.
P.S. Stay tuned to receive an update on our 2014-15 Cohort of Fellows. We added three more this year!