Transformed through Service

16 Nov

“The children’s’ life stories have made a big difference in the way I understand our society and the realities of their environment and neighborhoods…I have had a completely different understanding of the world and that not all people grow up the same way in an upper or middle class life and that many of them have to work way harder in the classroom than most of their peers…”

Read more of Caroline Nagy ‘s personal reflection on the way her work with The Homeless Families Foundation during her Episcopal Service Corps year is transforming her.

When I first started working at Homeless Families Foundation I had no idea what I was going to expect as far as working and where I would fall into place. My first week at HFF was all about getting my feet on the floor and getting to know all 70 plus kids at the center. Since I have started working at HFF I have loved every second of being there. I love the people that I am surrounded with on a daily basis who continually support everyone around them and I especially have fallen in love with the kids. This place was the best possible placement for me and I am so glad I have an opportunity like this to be able to experience and help others in ways that some cannot.

 

I have developed close relationships with many of these kids just by working with them and knowing their stories, as well as just getting to know them by feeding them a meal and sitting and talking with them at dinner, or working with them in their classrooms. The children’s’ life stories have made a big difference in the way I understand our society and the realities of their environment and neighborhoods. These children have gone through many things that most of us have not had to go through a day in our lives and it is a powerful statement because it is true many of the kids that I work with have to mature much younger than many of them should.

 

These kids, this place of work, and the people have all changed me for the better and I love every second I spend in this facility. It is just a place that brings you up instead of bringing you down and I like to look that way especially the way the world has been seen recently. I have had a completely different understanding of the world and that not all people grow up the same way in an upper or middle class life and that many of them have to work way harder in the classroom than most of their peers because they are behind. These kids have impacted me in a way that makes me want to build a relationship with many of them to help them succeed in the best way possible.

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