The Center has been a busy place since we opened on September 5. The Center looked great for opening day! It was fun to see the reactions of the volunteers as they returned to ‘work’. They were pleasantly surprised to see all the improvements that were made. All of these changes will help improve our ability to serve our guests. Our return from summer break reminds me of when students return to school each year: the volunteers were all happily greeting each other, shaking hands, hugging, comparing notes on their time off, and all were ready to get back to business. The volunteers form bonds over time and many friendships are formed.
As a result of our Open House, we signed up several more volunteers to help us each day. In the coming months, there will be more opportunities for volunteering outside of our normal hours – donating bag lunches, picking up food on weekends, working on our holiday projects. Watch this space!
The Center has always closed for the month of August; it provides time to clean, make improvements and reorganize, but mostly it does provide time for each of us to relax and unwind. At times, many of us do feel stressed when we encounter so many people in need of help; we see so many cases of hardship. Our month off gives us time to relax and unwind, and returned refreshed and ready to work. When we opened our doors on the 5th, we were greeted by 43 people in need of help. It continued to be busy each day, and we took care of everyone as best we could.
I’m reminded of a quote from Mother Theresa that Sr Isaac shared with me long ago. Whenever we feel overwhelmed by how many people we see suffering from poverty, it helps us keep it in perspective:
‘Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.’
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