Mostly unsure of what the year would entail, but we were certainly proud of the decision to dedicate a year to serve of others
Just the concerns of a new experience at a more distant location
The year provided a priceless experience on many levels – the experience of living in a small community, of working for and with a wonderful leader and mentor like Brother Jim and the experience of the women’s shelter in which she worked.
She was already highly sensitive to other people and their needs, but the service year helped her confirm what she would like to do with her life.
Like anything, different people can use and need different things. Our daughter did not “need” this to experience these things in life. But it was still a unique opportunity. If someone is serious about exploring service, Syracuse seemed to be a wonderful place to do it: here is strong urban-like area but in a place which is no so far from more tranquility.