Mentoring has always been a part of the USC. In fact, it began more than 30 years ago when Chuck Allen was eight years old. Chuck’s mother was a single mother with three kids, who worked hard to provide for her family. She couldn’t always take Chuck to baseball practice, so Bob Waters, Chuck’s coach, would often pick him up and take him home from practice. Chuck spent a lot of time with Bob on the baseball field, but he also spent time with Bob and his wife, Dixie, in their home.
One day, while Chuck was at Bob and Dixie’s home, he witnessed a softer side of Bob as he lovingly and carefully helped his daughter administer an insulin shot. Later, Chuck saw Bob display his authority when he gracefully disciplined his son. Several hours later, he quietly yet intently watched as Bob helped Dixie cook dinner. Chuck remembers saying to himself, “That’s how I want to be – like Bob.”
Bob had painted a picture of what a socially responsible Christian leader should be – a hardworking provider, stern protector, loving disciplinarian and a caring father and husband. Over the years, Chuck would send Bob Father’s Day cards to thank him for being the light of Christ in his life when he was a child. Bob and Dixie continue to serve urban youth in Wyandotte County. After Chuck officially started the Urban Scholastic Center in 2006, Bob and Dixie, along with Bob’s sister Marylyn and her husband, Tom, started volunteering at the USC on a regular basis. They currently help provide meals for Soul Food on Wednesday nights and serve as mentors in the local schools.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give
you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them
when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you
get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them
on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.