My fellow Franciscan Outreach Volunteers and I have been at Franciscan Outreach for about 7 months now, which is just over the halfway mark on our yearlong commitment. There is much to reflect on and it's fascinating to see the ways in which the organization has changed, how the friendships within our community have deepened, and how we have all adapted to our work environments and grown in the way in which we care for our guests.
|Carissa, Emily and Molly trying to build a snowman.|
|Emily and Justin working at the shelter|
While there are many things that we cannot change or fix and may continue to frustrate us, we need to continually go back to the reasons for joining this program. We didn't choose a year of service with a Franciscan program simply because we wanted to have fun exploring Chicago. We chose this to learn how to be more selfless in giving our time and our energy in service to those in need, to further understand the injustice of homelessness, and to better see Christ in other people and within ourselves.
|Emily (left) and her fellow shelter volunteers on retreat|