These are all things I felt in my first days at the Franciscan House of Joseph and Mary. However, these feelings only lasted for a few weeks as I was getting acquainted to my new home and looking back I feel silly for even feeling like I wouldn’t fit in. Franciscan House has captured my heart and I don’t believe it will ever let go.
Each day around 5pm, I pack my dinner and head to work. As a night shift worker, my days normally begin around 3pm as I prepare for work and my shift begins at 5:30. For the first hour, I prepare my mind, body, and soul – as well as the dorm, for the ladies. I read the log book so I am up to date on what has gone on in my absence, I lay out clean linen and make sure all of the hygiene supplies are fully stocked. Once I am finished with these tasks, I relax until 6:30 when my job fully starts.
Some days 8:30 comes too quickly and others it comes right on time. After all these ladies have been outside all day, they need to rest.
Depending on the night, this could mean comforting someone who has had a night terror or just sitting alone while the women sleep. Some nights I will talk with 5 women throughout the night, while others I talk to no one. Some nights time flies and on others it crawls. Each night is different. The night shift can be brutal, but it is completely worth it to spend the time I do with the ladies. I get to share a very intimate space with these women; protecting them while they sleep.