Moving to Chicago was a huge change. To be honest, a much needed one. Life in Los Angeles felt a little like it was on loop. Same sprawling LA skyline, same weather forecast year round, same trendy juice bar. I was bored. While there’s a lot more behind the move (explained here), change was definitely a factor!
I’ve been in Chicago for a little over a month and there’s no perfect way for me to describe it. It’s like falling in love while also being so disoriented that chaos somehow becomes zen. Sooo basically like falling in love! Nothing is familiar, nothing is where you think it is but it’s so exciting none of that matters.
One of the things I was looking forward to most was not driving. When Matt and I were looking for apartments, I wanted to be able to walk to work. So I sold my car and am loving the lack of red brake lights on my daily commute. While liberating, I’d be lying if I said you can do everything without a car.
I definitely called an Uber my first week of work. Not wanting to get lost and show up late my first day, I played it safe. My experiences with Uber partners have been amazing so far in Chicago. Definitely different than LA, every single individual has been so friendly. But there’s one that stood out to me more the rest. She happens to have the highest rating on Uber and I can see why!
Meet Faith. Her story is heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. We met for coffee at Asado Coffee Roasters (a coffee shop I had heard about before moving). I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more inspiring #girlboss!
Faith spent 8 years living on the streets of Chicago. As she was telling me about her struggle, I was listening in pure disbelief. There was no way this fabulous girl could have been homeless! But as she went on, I started to see how that has shaped her into who she is today.
She learned about Uber from a friend – skeptical at first, she gave it a try by borrowing her friend’s car to drive. She set a rigid schedule for herself (only one day a week off), quickly forming a strategy. Faith saved up enough to get her own apartment after just a few months – that is one amazing feat! Uber’s Vehicle Solutions program made it possible for Faith to lease a car. With other Uber perks, she’s built a life for herself in less than 2 years and she’s motivated for more. She’s played therapist to countless riders while getting them safely to their destination. As a huge advocate for helping Chicago’s homeless, she stays very active in the community especially with her fellow female Uber partners! More fun facts:
- Wicker Park and Wrigleyville are her favorite neighborhoods of Chicago.
- Her favorite part about working for Uber is getting to meet so many different people!
- One day, she wants to open a mobile domestic shelter to help less fortunate females in the city.
- If you’re first visiting Chicago, hop in an Uber and head to Portillo’s or go for deep dish pizza.
In her spare time, Faith gives back to the homeless on her own. She buys McDonald’s gift cards and hands them out so pevoke can get a hot cup of coffee. Her message is that the homeless are people too and is on a mission to let them know they have opportunities too.
While I’m still brainstorming ideas on how I can help more, sharing Faith’s incredible story is a start. Here’s a woman who completely turned her life around on her own! She made up her mind, determined to change her future and she did it. Using Uber as a tool to make the impossible possible, she’s an inspiration to us all.
Few can understand Faith’s hardships (myself included) and meeting her put my life in perspective. To me, her story speaks to an overarching theme for Uber – one of possibility. It’s not just about efficient airport transportation or a safe ride home from Wrigleyville after celebrating a Cubs World Series win a little too hard. Think about the other side too. Uber is evolving how people move. They’ve opened up opportunities for both drivers and riders to make cities more accessible, life more accessible. That’s why I take Uber. Whether you’re coming or going, Uber makes it possible and has become a central part of our lives. In a purely grammatical sense, Uber the word has now a verb. Have you ever said “I’ll Uber it”? I rest my case.
Whether you’re a first time rider or driver, sign up to be a part of this. Faith has one piece of advice for you: don’t be afraid to push the button! How does Faith’s story change your perception of Uber? How have you used Uber?
Faith was telling me she loved to take selfies so in her honor!
*This post was sponsored by Uber but all thoughts and opinions are my own.