a good place to be

I was heading out the other day to pick up lunch when I saw a young boy on a scooter and another on a bike careen into our parking lot here at the City Life Community Center. Mason and Kaylow, whom I haven’t seen since Covid-19 shut everything down in the spring. Because there was no Club scheduled that day, I turned around and came back to see them. Mason came running up to me with a big grin on his face. “We came over because this is a good place to catch Pokemon!” Kaylow nodded and held up his phone. I got the boys a snack, tightened the training wheels on Kaylow’s bike and sat with the boys for a while. Kaylow told me about all the Pokemon he’s caught, and Mason said he wishes he could come here every day… So do I, Mason. So do I.
Kids come to 71Five City for a whole bunch of reasons. Catching Pokemon is a new one to me, but I am glad for any reason that brings them here. I think Mason and Kaylow would agree. These boys left with a feeling of belonging, a full stomach and even some safer training wheels. More importantly— they left with a little more trust that leads to hope. MICHAEL COOKE   71Five City Coordinator   (541) 779-3275   michael@71Five.org
“Lord God, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was young.” Psalm 71:5 ICB