A volunteer at Mission Arlington assumed that my elderly Mother and I were trying to stealing a old fan and called us thieves.
My mother wanted to get a fan so I brought the fan to a circuit to check whether the fan is working. The volunteer saw me and assumed we were trying to steal the fan.
The volunteer said we are stealing the fan. I rarely come to Mission Arlington. My Mother is the one that comes to Mission Arlington. I told the volunteer he should have kindly explained the protocol instead of calling us thieves.
The volunteer didn't apologize. Instead he said, you guys should know the protocol.
My Mother and I didn't come to Mission Arlington to be called thieves.
Tillie, the one who helped start the place, has a beautiful soul. She is elderly in terms of her physical health; but, still is so active is most of the parts of the non-profit. She knows how she wants to run her ministry, and serves the community in such a wonderful way. She can be a bit controlling, but you have to consider her age (70+) and the stage of life she is in. Overall, Mission Arlington is a place that helps the community with food, clothing, toys for children, homeless, dental work, physician work, and more. Generally speaking, the people there are good people. I see the changes they are making to their facility, and it seems to be getting the upgrades it needs.
They truly help lots of people. Great place to volunteer for a day or a week or to bring a group for a missions trip.
At the same time I wouldn't consider volunteering “full time” or being a “summer missionary”. It's like a cult* once your on the inside and you will be treated like a tool to be used. Every area of your life will be controlled by the director Tilly. She has absolute, unchallenged power and will decide who your friends are, when you can spend time with them, where you can go and what you can do, 24/7. There is no room for dialog- if you question anything, or don’t do what your told you’ll be asked to leave. Work days are 12-16 hours long, 6.5 days a week. Try to rest or ask for personal time and you'll be branded as lazy.
Volunteer for a day or a week and you will be profoundly blessed as you bless needy people. Just don’t volunteer full time or they’ll take control of your life and drive you until you breakdown.