In the summer of 2010 while jogging on the streets of Chicago, God broke Josh Dorrell’s heart for the city of Galveston. It was four little words that did it: “Galveston is the place”. Josh described it as the “clearest voice I had ever heard”. He went home and told his wife Danielle who was at home with their one year old daughter Zoe (???). Barely able to pick out Galveston on a map, the Dorrells packed up and found themselves in Galveston that very same weekend.
Armed with a 3 year start up grant from Christian Mission Concerns, they hit ground running, diving into the relief effort. The Dorrells moved into the North Broadway neighborhood, the hardest hit (???) community in Galveston and began just doing life with their neighbors. (hardest hit? Worst off economically) Not only did they organized street camps for the neighborhood kids, but Josh also took a job at Wright Cuney, a local rec center. Having been part of Mission Waco with his parents Jimmy and Janet Dorrell, Josh knew that in order to affect real change his neighbors needed to be a part of the solution. So he began interviewing everyone he came across, asking them “how can we make this neighborhood we love better?” As the answers came pouring, but three solutions seemed to out shine the rest: after-school programs for kids, mentoring programs for youth, and adult job training. From these needs Galveston Urban Ministries was born.