The Real MVP: Sustaining a City Through Faithful, Daily Work

We benefit from the good work of thousands of people every single day. Stop for a moment and consider: whose work is loving and serving you right now? Are you sitting in your home or a coffee shop, enjoying a carefully controlled temperature made possible by HVAC installers and engineers? Look up. Do you ever think about the stability of the ceiling above your head? Probably not, and that’s because of the good work of carpenters and roofers, architects and inspectors. Pause for a few minutes and look around at the chairs and tables, TV sets or books lining your shelves. The words of the authors and imaginations of the designers that fill your home don’t stop working when they clock out. Work done well continues to work long after the product or service is complete.

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Andrew Tang: Making a One Year Anniversary Possible!

“Sometimes our hopes and prayers are answered in one spectacular human. Tang has been a gift to this team in more ways that we can spell out here (though I’ll give you a meager overview). And just as he answered the call to partner in establishing the store, he is stepping back from his role to courageously explore what it means to be faithful to his sense of calling for his life in this next season.”   - Teena Dare

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American Eat Co: Creating A Shared Table That Goes Beyond Boundaries

American Eat Co. exists right on the border of Tucson and South Tucson. We are like most cities in the way that wealth and development tend to pile up in certain areas. City demographics show that the poverty rate in South Tucson is 2.5 times that of Tucson. These numbers reveal a grossly unequal distribution of wealth, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. As Bonillas so beautifully said about his community, South Tucson is extremely rich in relationship. “North-side” Tucsonans have certain forms of capital and opportunity that aren’t available to many on the South Side and South Tucson boasts of cultural riches that we often desperately lack. American Eat Co. does something very special for our city in providing a space right on our boundary lines where we can come together with all of our varied gifts and needs. We have so much to learn from each other, so much to offer one another, what better place to start than sharing a dinner table.

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Tugo Bike Share: Imagining A Better City Through The Lens of Two Wheels

Exploring your city is just like riding a bike. Even if it’s been months or years since you’ve taken an intentional interest in Tucson, it only takes a bit of muscle memory reactivation to get back at it. Sure you have to tune up those deflated tires, find your U-lock hidden in the depths of the closet, stretch out those tight hammies…but as soon as you feel the wind in your hair it’s like you never took that long, unintended break of dating your city.

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HardVolume: Equipping People for the Adventure of Life

In our bodies we live and move and have our being. It is with our eyes that we gaze upon the sun dipping behind the Tucson mountains, with our ears that we hear the coyotes howling at the full moon. It is our skin that soaks up the winter sunshine, our tongues that taste hot caldo, and our noses that welcome the fragrance of the holidays. It is with our bodies that we hold our children, embrace our friends, do the good work that we’ve been called into.

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