This is one of my favorite shirts. The design is real hip and the people, places, and events associated with it are some of the dearest to me. The Neighborhood is a place for middle and high school kids to gather at the church in which I grew up. It was started by a man named Scott Hood (who really liked that “NeighborHOOD” ended with his name) when I was a sophomore in college. I first met Scott as an 8th grader when he came to my church as a youth intern. We played these really gross games like eating pigs feet and drinking concoctions of tabasco sauce, soda, and whatever else he could find. However, Scott’s life was defined by the verse at the bottom of the shirt: “We love because God first loved us.” Scott, who is a hero, mentor, and friend, allowed several punk college kids like myself to hang out at the Neighborhood and lead small groups of kids. Our goal was to love the kids. We wanted the kids to experience the love of God so that in turn they could love each other. I continued to hang around the Neighborhood through the rest of college (which was a five year adventure for me, so that’s four years at the Neighborhood) and learn what it means to invest my life into the lives of others. I love the precious girls that I was able to walk life with, learn from, and hopefully teach a thing or two. I miss my time at the Neighborhood and the dear people that I lived life with during that season. However, I can’t think of another way that I would have rather spent my college years.