march 25, 2011

Today (friday) was by far one of the most impactful days of the trip yet. The day started like all the others, early wake up, pack up, and breakfAst. After breakfast, we were to hElp serve coffee, tea, and cereal to the homeless men that showed up. We each divided up tasks and began serving. It still strikes me how very polite and respectful a majority of the men are. .any say God bless and truely seem to appreciate our services. At 9 breakfast is cleaned up and the homeless men shuffle to the area right outside the church to watch TV and converse with one another. As the men spent their 2 hours allotted to relax, our gropu and the groups from Scranton and DePaul sat in the church to listen to the life stories told by some of the workers at the Center who were all former homeless men who used to have to come here to fulfill their daily needs. The men told stories of drug addiction, abuse, depression, and complete desertion from their families. As a listener, you could hear the pain in their voices and disappointment in theirselves as they told their tales of hearybreak, addiction, and despair. 4eeing theese grown men who look and seem so tough, to see them cry was truely touching. By the end of their stories there was hardly a dry eye in the whole place. +ne of the most empowering things was to hear their stories and feel their pain, but hearing them speak od their inner strength and courage was inspirational to everyone. (O reflect upon our daily struggles and complaints and compare it to theirs makes our troubles seem so small. It was incredibly emoional and inspiring to hear their stories of hardship, but even more powerful to hear how they overcame these torments. We then got to sit in on another group session with all the men as we heard about ways to overcome what seems impossible to surpass. After the hou speech, the men ate lunch and soon after we did too. We are about to leave fot the , Newseuem which should be really fun. Hopefully our last nightt will be filled with a good dinner, and meaningful reflection, and some fun relaxing time together one last time.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lori Develice Collins
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 18:49:59

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I applaud your courage to stretch outside of your comfort zone; it most often results in powerful and meaningful reflection and growth.

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  2. Tracey Kraus
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 21:50:12

    Hi Nicole,
    Hopefully you seen my e-mails that I sent. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time. The Journeys you have experienced are unbelievable…I’m so proud of you and I know you have helped as much as possible…I bet you showed them a dance or 2 huh? I hope so they would really enjoy that and it would stay with them for a long time.Love you Mom

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  3. Sharon
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 22:05:18

    Thanks for the daily updates. Are there any pictures to share? Would love to see them. Have a safe trip back. See you soon.

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  4. H's Mom
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 00:37:57

    I love love love to hear the story of your experiences.Take and learn for your lifes
    journeys,always carry a smile and love in your heart for others.

    Reply

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