I was excited to go on the Freshman Service Trip to a homeless shelter because it was going to be a day to be with my fellow class mates away from school!
When we arrived downtown we got off the bus and got into groups to see what building we were going into.
After being escorted to the Public/Private section we began to serve food to the private group first.
People started to flow in and it got really hectic because everyone wanted to eat all at the same time and it got a little overwhelming!
Trays started stacking up and I had to run over to the counter and grab them from falling over!
There was a break in the food service but water needed to be refilled from the large gallon containers and poured into cups for people to drink.
Wow, that was quite an experience!
After we got done feeding the private homeless group, the public homeless group started coming in.
That was really insightful
I was surprised how many homeless there were
The public group was larger so it was even more over whelming!
As I am serving a elderly woman, a little girl comes up and calls my friend LJ ugly. Our first reaction was to to laugh at her comment but later when I thought about her I felt sad that she was so angry when we were only trying to help her.
Please provide help to those in need whenever you can!
After about 5 more minuets of serving, we were down to our last 10 people. It had been a busy day!
We finally finished and after cleaning up our work stations we walked back to the other shelter to meet up with the other group.
While we were served lunch I kept thinking about all the people I met and was wondering about their lives and how they ended up homeless.
When we were all done eating, we went outside and sat down in a circle and talked about our experience.
I really liked helping people
After talking a lot about what we learned, we got up and walked to the bus which we would take back to Cathedral Catholic High School.
After serving the homeless, I felt really good because I got to help and meet a lot of people in need that were very thankful for us volunteering . I realize how fortunate I am and it is eye opening that there are many others who are less fortunate. Whenever possible, I will help those in need whenever I can.
What started out as a day trip away from school with classmates turned inspirational. Always lend a helping hand!