This past Monday night, I was humbled and inspired by a friend's heart for Hoboken.
Julia Cruz is a compassionate, creative, and fearless young woman with an infectious smile. You instantly feel happier when you're around her. I met her through our church community at Hoboken Grace, and we participate in a local entrepreneurial/ideation networking group together.
Julia combined her passion for community with her love for cooking and organized a dinner at the Hoboken Housing Authority, an oftentimes neglected part of the Mile Square City. She recruited folks to cook and serve mounds of food as well as greet guests as they arrived at the event.
I started the night as a greeter and then sat down at a table with a mother and her two children and niece. We ate dinner together over small talk that evolved into deep conversation. I learned about her two children and the sports they play in Hoboken, but also learned she lost a son years ago and had been through true hardship. Her story was incredibly moving...and she was simply glad to have someone listen to it over a shared meal.
I stood up from the table to throw my trash away and took a moment to look across the room. I saw a very diverse group of people sitting and eating together and thought to myself, "this is what true fellowship looks like." We were all different in countless ways, but had one thing that tied us together -- we all live in the same city and want it to be the best it can be...for everyone.
I'm incredibly thankful to be a part of a community that will mobilize to engage in their city and show love to their neighbors. It was a very special night. Thank you, Julia.
- Devin Weakland, Owner & Photographer, Mile Square Moments LLC
Note: Julia is working to make this a monthly event. If you're interested in joining, please reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.