Tuscaloosa, AL

A Story of Service

shared by KW and LU --- These are the stories of God, for the people of God, from the people of God.

The main focus for SD Allen is to get Tuscaloosa off the floor.  Jeff Hurn, our director, realized his passion for helping those in need in our local community during college. Since 2013, SD Allen has operated through furniture donations and deliveries! We receive donations of needed furniture like beds, couches, dining sets, etc. and then work with local ministries and social workers to help those in need. This summer our roles looked a little different than the previous years as our focus was also on International Ministry, The Brown House, and starting the first annual Oak City Market. The market will take place on August 28, and you can find more information here. Through this we got to meet so many people at Calvary who love and care for our city through volunteers and eating with families. My favorite part was certainly meeting the families of the church I’ve called home the past 3 years, hearing their stories and being able to partner with them along the way. I think the biggest takeaway from SD Allen is the need for consistency in service. Furniture ministry might not sound like the cool thing to do but you build lasting relationships and truly become apart of the community of Tuscaloosa. SD Allen needs and welcomes volunteers, and I think everyone should consider giving a little time throughout the week to get our city #offthefloor.

This summer I had the opportunity to serve with The Brown House while sharing the gospel with kids in the West Circle community. While my day to day never looked the same, I enjoyed playing Uno with the kids, taking them on field trips and building relationships with them. At night we were able to come together and share about our days while eating dinner with Calvary families. My favorite part about the summer was connecting with a little girl and pouring into her while playing games. I encourage everyone to be a volunteer at The Brown House at least once. You never know what kind of impact you may leave on these kids!