The Mission's Changed My Life
It has brought me boundless joy to be a part of this experience. Being able to help the homeless in a meaningful way has made me a better person. We organize and put together a presentable atmosphere for our residents. I have learned how much we truly help the homeless survive and how grateful they can be for simple things in life that many take for granted. When I first started I saw that love of Jesus Christ on the walls of the building, welcoming everyone. I was very comfortable right away. The City Mission of Findlay truly makes the guests feel like they have a home. I have learned to be grateful for what I have and what my friends, family, and loved ones give me. The hardest part of the job is seeing the homeless men, women, and children suffer and watching them struggle to get by. The most enjoyable part is being able to help and see the smiles on their faces. Also, getting to work with a team of people who truly want the best for our guests is very encouraging.
A typical day at work does not exist. I have learned how to be thankful for what I already have in life. The City Mission management is great with wonderful personalities. My co-workers are awesome. We work together as a wonderful team, but getting use to change is the hardest part. The reality check for me is to see some of our residents very sick and not being able to eat. The most enjoyable part is to come and celebrate the Christmas holidays with them and to see a smile on their faces.
I started working at the Mission in October 2016, right before the busy holiday season. We were bustling to get the family rooms set up for the holidays. At one point we had 17 children from age 17 down to newborn babies. One baby had her first Christmas right here at the City Mission. The fun of setting up the Elf on the Shelf each night and planning his next attack in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day has no comparison. The joy of working on Christmas Day and enjoying the residents faces light up when the gifts are “discovered” in the morning is priceless.
This year I am looking forward to the holiday fun! If you would like to find out how you can be part of this wonderful time of year please contact me at 419-423-9151 or email@example.com.
Author: Vance Cuthrell
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