With Pope Francis’ visit, I have been reflecting on his message that we are all connected by our shared humanity. It brought to mind the transforming human connections that happen every single day at Interfaith Works. We are the place where the connections happen, but you, our volunteers, are the reason.
When stylist Laura Reed of Salon4 arrives at our women’s shelter, she is greeted with hugs. She knows the residents by name. She knows their stories too. She is there volunteering her time to style residents’ hair, perhaps to prepare for a job interview or for an upcoming family event. Claire, a shelter resident, says, “She gave me so much confidence. She makes us feel special. It really touches my heart.”
Earlier this month, the MoverMoms group and kids prepared and shared a delicious taco dinner with the residents of our men’s shelter. They chatted together about sports and politics, making a great connection.
A young man named Mark came back to visit us a few weeks ago. He wanted to re-connect with mentors Dean and Dorothy Hearn, who provided support and guidance to his family when it was in crisis nearly 20 years ago. Mark let them know how much impact they had on his life.
If you haven’t had a chance yet, please connect with us. And to those of you who have, thank you! These connections enrich us all.
CEO, Interfaith Works