Ecclesiastes speaks of “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”
For siblings Tiara and DiShawn Currin, any time is a time to dance. They are regulars at The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center in the West Loop, where they practice and, on Sundays, perform praise dance for the worship service.
It’s an escape in more ways than you might imagine. They regularly walk past drug dealers and through gang territories on their way to school, parks, and even the Corps.
“People always try to get you to fit in with the wrong crowd,” says DiShawn, 17. “But it’s OK if they want to say stuff to me. I don’t have to join.”
“If the Army wasn’t here,” adds Tiara, 18, “I would probably be hanging out
on the streets.”
The Currin family is enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program, which works to help families break the cycle of poverty. “I’ve come here after school on some days when I was hungry,” says DiShawn. “They’ve given me food. They make sure we’re OK.”
They’re more than OK when dancing. “All my singing and dancing is for God,” says Tiara. Adds DiShawn, “When I dance, I don’t look at the audience. I look up. It’s me and God.”
Both teens plan to attend college, and their futures are bright — thanks to you and your compassion. Thank you!