November 6, 2010
Matthews-Crossing is a small treasure I found one year ago, when it drew me in as a volunteer. As the newest member of my team, I have great admiration for this group. I believe most of them have been there since its inception, and they are truly dedicated, kind and generous. Matthews-Crossing provides assistance without delving into clients' personal lives and without prejudice. We get people from all backgrounds and levels of society, and all are graciously welcomed and given the same respect as any other citizen walking through our doors. Our clients are treated with dignity, which is evident by the numerous compliments they give us, and for that we are grateful. When they cry, we try to reassure them, and when they're exuberant because they just found a job, we share in their joy. But we also know they need more than food to sustain themselves, so our volunteers often bring in diapers, hygiene products, books, and little extras that make such a big difference to every day living; things many people just take for granted. When the summer heat reaches 115 degrees, we make sure there are bottles of water for them, especially our homeless clients, and those walking or riding bicycles. I like to think of Matthews-Crossing as a little oasis for the people going through difficult times.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Just in the year I've been there, we've moved to a larger space, which means we have more room for food donations, and in the summer, people can wait inside, instead of out in the heat. My personal experience is that I go home feeling thankful for what my Creator has given me, and rewarded to have met some very unique people.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Get more information out to the community and let them know what we're doing. Perhaps in this way we can get more funding and assistance from clubs and citizens.
Volunteer & Try to instill self worth among our clients, and utilize my skill as a bilingual interpreter to make communication easier.