Our guest is Sara Miller, founder of A House on Beekman, a nonprofit joining God in the renewal of the South Bronx.
In this episode, Sara shares her story of being welcomed into her neighborhood, and her team’s work to build a venture that aims to create generational change for its neighbors within a six-block radius.
Sara moved to New York City for college, and in a period of deep spiritual conviction about God’s care for the poor, asked herself the question: “If Jesus lived in New York City today, where would he live?”
Her answer took her to the South Bronx, where she was warmly welcomed into the life of the neighborhood. Over time, her informal after-school program grew into the innovative nonprofit A House on Beekman, which works with young people in the neighborhood from birth to their entry into a career.
Her story is one of proximity, risk, and the joy that comes from shared sacrifice.
About The Guest
Derwin Sisnett is the founder and partner of Maslow Development Inc., a real estate & community development firm that advises, designs and develops mixed-use communities anchored by high performing schools. Derwin has spent the last decade in community development and public education, with a particular focus on coalescing community assets. Prior to Maslow, Derwin co-founded and served as the CEO of Gestalt Community Schools (GCS), a charter management organization that develops high-performing, community-based charter schools in Memphis, Tennessee. He has held numerous board seats at healthcare, foundation and education-based companies. He is a Broad Academy Fellow, a Praxis mentor, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
The Redemptive Edge is hosted by Andy Crouch and features active members of the Praxis community. Produced by Mary Elizabeth Goodell and Scott Kauffmann of Praxis, with Mike Cosper, Mark Owens, Scott Slucher, and the team at Narrativo. Music by Eric Kinny.