An American’s view

Jen Baker, organiser of the Walk Freedom event, which will take place in Endcliffe Park.
Jen Baker, organiser of the Walk Freedom event, which will take place in Endcliffe Park.

Originally from America, Jen Baker moved to England in 2003 and now preaches as part of the leadership team at Hope City Church.

City Hearts

Joining City Hearts a year ago has been an eye opening and life-changing experience. City Hearts provides housing for vulnerable women and also help victims of human trafficking, which is my focus. The compassion, care, work ethic, passion and expertise of the City Hearts staff as they help ‘love people back to life’ is an honour to be involved with.

Peak District

I haven’t spent as much time in the Peak District as I’d like, but living this close to it has been such a blessing. One of my favourite drives is to Buxton to visit a friend, taking in the breathtaking scenery. It never ceases to amaze me how relaxed one can feel driving out of the city and into the rolling hills – therapy on wheels!

Cocoa Wonderland

If you like chocolate, you must visit this shop in Ecclesall Road. It’s beautifully decorated and has a charming feel, luxurious chocolates and divine coffee/hot chocolates. The service is impeccable.

Hope City Church

This is church like you’ve not seen before! I can honestly say being here this past year has changed my life. I’ve been around many different churches over the years and there is a life, energy, fun, passion, compassion and zeal at Hope City that I’ve never seen elsewhere.

Train station Starbucks

There are three reasons. I love Starbucks (blame that on the fact I’m American). It was the first thing I saw as I stepped off the train when visiting the city to consider moving here – yes, it helped sway my decision. And I often use the train for work and the staff have always been extremely helpful, patient and friendly, which I imagine is not always easy at a busy station

B for B Ladies networking group

For the past year, City Hearts has been an honorary member of the BforB Sheffield networking group, an amazing group of ladies from a variety of backgrounds coming together to network, encourage, assist and cheerlead each other on to greater things. City Hearts has been their chosen charity for the past 14 months and their support has been simply outstanding. They have given everything from clothes to advice, to publicity, to appliances - and all with such tremendous kindness and generosity.

Nosh Coffee

They not only do amazing coffee, but you will find their customer service among the best. Nosh Coffee enjoys supporting the local area, so we were thrilled when they recently agreed to become part of our City Hearts Water initiative by selling our bottled water. Pop along to Nosh on Division Street or in Meadowhall.

Endcliffe Park

What a tranquil place to escape the buzz of Ecclesall Road! Grabbing a Starbucks and walking around the park is always a treat. I especially enjoy walking along the river, listening to the water and thinking. And the park will be the location of our annual Walk for Freedom on June 8. It’s a family friendly sponsored walk to Forge Dam and back (register before June 1 and click on events). There will be stalls at the end of the walk, face painting, music and free cupcakes!