We were not prepared or willing to believe that a fifteen-minute drive away from the middle-class suburb we lived in would bring us to a reality like this.
Fatherlessness. | Addiction. |
Abuse. | Hunger. | Gangs.
It was unreal.
The thing that kept coming to us was that if we start a business and teach the kids to run it we might be able to somehow turn the next generation in a different direction. So in 2009, Jwear was born, with one heat press machine generously purchased by our Pastor.
He also welcomed us to run Jwear out of the church, right in the center of the neighborhood. Since then, countless kids have learned how to make shirts.
The saddest reality was that although the common phrase is to “keep kids off the streets”, we learned that what we really needed to do was to protect kids from the stuff going on in their own homes.
The streets would have no power if the kids were in safe, healthy homes.
So we hold onto the belief that we can equip these kids by teaching them that God has given them an identity apart from their biology. In countless cases, we have been able to get to know entire families. Standing with them is a powerful thing. Lifelong relationships have been built. Families are changing.
Jwear is a family.
For us, Jwear is a tool we use to get into Godly, mentoring relationships with any kid in Easton who is interested. We are working hard to grow our company so that we can employ every single kid who is willing to join us. Honestly, the vision is to be in every city in America. God-sized dreams.
Reach out to us and let us know if there is anything we can do for you.