A year ago, I volunteered to help homeless women at Community Connections. I host the monthly event “Women’s Empowerment Night” and have had high hopes of really helping these women. Month after month, I have prepared their meals, slowly discovering how much they appreciate food. Others have joined me to bake terrific desserts and they are served with smiles and laughter. I have designed motivating talks in hopes of making recovery better for these fifty women who are so deserving of support.
Community Connections provides a residency-training program that rehabilitates, trains, and counsels women on the road to a productive life. Some are college educated. Some are grandmothers. Others have been abused and are fearful of the world they live in. Many of them have their children in-residence as well. I have truly enjoyed getting to know all of them.
Repeated contact and the passing of time together have helped us to become friends. Laughter and shared experiences have been, I believe, stripping cultural and racial barriers.
It feels good – helping in some small way. But I was so surprised this month to experience their help and encouragement for ME!
They may not think white girls are very sexy. Who knew? Yet, I have discovered that many of them truly care about THIS white girl.
As they were leaving, I received many hugs and kind words about our family’s upcoming wedding and the nearing birth of three granddaughters.
I felt surprised. They care?
I felt exhilarated. They care!
I feel humbled.
I’ve always taught that letting people into your life and steadfastly “being there” is the best way to befriend someone. I guess I never really expected for these women to befriend ME!
Sometimes life surprises us! How sweet it is!