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The Second Wind Cottages

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by webteam No Comments
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many – Mark 10: 45

The smell of sawdust brings back a flood of memories. As a young girl, I oftentimes worked alongside my dad in his workshop—instead of dolls and makeup, I was playing with saws and hammers. Projects ranged from the ramp for my new bike to the tree house perched in our backyard.

Upon arriving at Cornell, there was nothing I searched more for than familiarity. And so when Cru announced that there was a construction service project, I jumped on the opportunity. The first couple weeks, a team from Cru arrived at the Court Street House, a transitional home for men struggling with substance abuse, to work under Barry Segal, a local Ithacan contractor and board member of Community Faith Partners. As the Court Street House project finished, we continued our construction work over at the Second Wind Cottages.

Second Wind Cottages is an initiative started by Carmen Guidi and Community Faith Partners, a non-profit organization centered on creating a community of Christians who are intent on demonstrating God’s love for others. Since August of 2013, members of the Ithaca community have been working together to create Guidi’s vision of the Second Wind Cottages. Guidi wishes to not only build homes for men struggling with substance abuse, incarceration, or homelessness, but also to build a platform upon which these men can rebuild their broken lives. Because of generous donations from private individuals, businesses, organizations, fundraisers, and most importantly, the grace of God, we were able to celebrate the opening of Second Wind Cottages to six formerly homeless men last Saturday.

The event ‘Celebrate Hope,’ hosted by Community Faith Partners, included testimonies of how God used individuals such as Guidi and Segal to spread hope to the people of Ithaca. The love of God for His people was so evidently expressed in the volunteers who dedicated their service to these formerly homeless men. Several individuals shared their testimonies of how God strategically mended their broken lives. These individuals experienced firsthand the hope and renewing power of Jesus Christ and were able to express gratitude and praise.

What has truly amazed me at the Second Wind Cottages was how the people of Ithaca rallied together to form a community intent on serving God through serving others. And as I reflect fondly on my times at the Second Wind Cottages, I am reminded and encouraged of God’s Kingdom—the Kingdom that we, as followers of Jesus who love and want to serve Him, are called to build up. These building projects remind me that I am a child of God. A God who loves each and every person He has created, and a God who is so powerful that He can take brokenness and turn it into beauty. While I’m no longer building projects alongside my dad who’s back in Boston, I am excited to have been blessed with opportunities to build for my Father who’s up in Heaven. How lucky are we to serve a God who loves us so.

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