This week for me was about recollection and learning. Each and every day I learn more skills in speaking to people. I have realized the value in making someone feel welcome and safe with as little as your tone and mannerisms. Many of the clients at The Back Bay Mission have had difficult life experiences, and when they come into our presence I want to make sure they can forget about those things for a while. This week was interesting because I was extremely sick. I tried to tough it out, and even successfully hit it for a while until I had no choice but to take some time off. I couldn’t help but think about how blessed I was to even be able to just go to the store and get medicine, make some hot soup, and recover comfortably in my bed. Most clients, as I’ve seen firsthand, do not have those luxuries. I thought about what they do when they are this sick with no money and exposed to the elements. What would I do? How would I feel? So many homeless clients don’t even have access to health care nor medication. And I realized the resilience of the people I encounter each and every day. This is why I go the extra mile to understand them and let them know that when they get to Back Bay Mission, they are cared for.
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