Not just serving food…

by LaChe` Graybill, Volunteer Program Coordinator

Lots of volunteers come in and think of serving food as just a physical job…oh no my friends, you get some life changing lessons down in the dining room! Each person gets hands on experience on what it means to be radically inclusive, truth telling, loving and hopeful, for the people and on what it means to celebrate life.

Last year a group from Canada came to help serve meals. They were high school students. One of the young men kept his hat low and didn’t say much during the debrief session until it was his turn to share his experience. Next thing I know he is sobbing. As we were walking out, one of the adults shared with me that he was a star athlete and his father a tough cop, and that he had a hard time showing emotions. So this was a new, good thing! Outside of Freedom Hall, this young man was so overcome with emotions that he was unable to speak. His experience had such a profound impact on him to be in touch with humanity on that level.

Yeah, we feed meals to up to 3000 people a day, but we also give hope, respect and dignity. We help people connect on a deeper, human level.

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