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Volunteer With Homeless
I love to volunteer! It is the most satisfying way to spend time. And it is the grace and love that fills my heart and soul with joy. It was a bright sunny day when Jeanne with family and I drove to Miami to volunteer with homeless people. We went to share their pain, serve some food and give some hope. We offer support they need from our Showering Love nonprofit organization which cares for them each and every day.
A Gratifying, Marvelous Experience
To volunteer with homeless people has turned out to be a gratifying and marvelous experience. It is very unusual actually, working in a habitat where nobody is trying to ascend a collaborative hierarchy. No one is posing to be anything other than what they are. There is no hefty makeup on their faces and no one shows up with exhaustive modernization. Nobody bothers about wearing fashion designer clothing or notices in the New York Post. You will find no photocopies of Cosmopolitan, Travel or Fashion magazines around the place they sleep.
Compassion is Necessary
What I learned is that the most compassionate thing taken away from the homeless is everyone’s inability to look them in the eye. I learned that many times all they want are to be treated like a normal person. But what is not normal is for someone to say, “Thank you” after receiving a plate of food, while the server stares at the serving spoon and responds, “You are always welcome and God bless you.” I have learned that they know you have sympathy for them, that they make you uncomfortable and that you are sometimes fearful to touch and hug them. And they hate that feeling and want to show you they are just people in a gutter with gentle hearts and a need to be respected the same as everyone else.
There was one beautiful young lady crying and sharing her pain of all she has gone through. We consoled her and Jeanne motivated her with her own experience and we all hugged her which brought a smile to her face. The following week, she also got a job offer and interview! And then, we wished her good luck and prayed for her that she gets the job. So, she was happy for all the love we gave and she wanted to be in touch with all of us.
If you have never volunteered for Showering Love, I strongly encourage you to spend some time out of your busy schedules. Because I promise you, that few hours spent serving the homeless people with your sweet face, compassionate eyes, and a listening heart, might change someone’s whole day!!!
Thank you Jeanne for giving me this beautiful opportunity to volunteer and to share my experience in the blog