Homelessness is traumatic, and the people we serve often experience uncertainty and distress. When Preble Street Volunteer of the Month Ruth is in the Florence House kitchen, she greets each guest with a smile and reassures everyone that they are in a safe, welcoming place.
She recently shared a story that reminds us of the power of showing up for people in need.
“After work, I stopped in a store and took out my re-useable shopping bag which has a Preble Street logo. The cashier noticed and asked, ‘Do you volunteer there?’
‘Yes, at Florence House,’ I replied.
She smiled and said, ‘I stayed there for a while. So, thank you.’
I am so glad to be part of the Preble Street volunteer force. We do make a difference.”
Ruth, you are so right. You do make a difference. Thank you for reminding us that the simple gift of being present can change a life.