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Wow, what a week!  To describe my Volunteer Odyssey as intense would be an understatement.  Between working my volunteer commitments each day, and meeting the deadlines of submitting my blog after each volunteer experience, I felt like I was working a full time job.   It was a full time job that was far more rewarding than I ever imagined. There were two recurring themes I noticed during the week.  First – the word “blessing” was used a lot by those who were served by the non-profit organizations I was paired with.  Second – the non-profit partners I worked with all showed such passion about their job and seemed genuinely happy.   After what I’ve witnessed this past week, I believe the happiness and passion demonstrated by the non-profits and their employees is a result of knowing that what they were doing … Continue reading

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The final day of my Volunteer Odyssey sent me to the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, an organization that provides temporary housing and support for homeless families in the Memphis area.  Living just a couple of blocks away, I have driven past this modest two-story Craftsman style home on Poplar many times, and I never knew that it was anything other than a typical midtown home.  After speaking with Sr. Maureen, the Executive Director, I learned that it is so much more. The goal at Dorothy Day House is to keep homeless families together in a safe environment and provide them with the means to re-establish their independence.  When families are left homeless, often husbands are separated from their wives and children, and sons over 6 are separated from their mothers.  As Sr. Maureen explained, Dorothy Day House helps keep … Continue reading