Volunteer Stories

A Simple Pause

“So, what are your plans for next year?” This time last year, I had a speech prepared and memorized. Now, I panic a bit. Throughout this year, I’ve supplied plenty of different answers to Francis House staff and volunteers and even to my own parents. Coming into this year, I had a set plan that…


Growth Is Slow

“Where are you being called to go from here?”, the final prompt of our blog posts, an indication that my time in Syracuse is reaching its end. I see this question and wish I could write the response on a single line, as if filling out a registration form, selecting from a dropdown menu of…


Full Circle

You ask me, “Where are you being called to go from here?” My first and most forceful gut reaction is, “Home.” I miss it fiercely. On the surface, that answer could sound like a regression. In the last year I’ve graduated from college, moved across the country, lived with five incredibly inspiring and fun-loving women,…


Communicating Your Needs

These last few months working through increasingly strict COVID regulations at work have challenged me in ways I never imagined. I fell into the dangerous way of thinking, “How could things possibly get worse?” Volunteers had been reduced from 14 per day to 4 per day at Francis House and visiting residents felt distant in…


Discovering Yourself

Participating in a service year during the COVID-19 pandemic has been eye-opening for me in many ways. This year has given me the opportunity to think about what God is calling me to and about who I am called to be. As I am sure many people have been doing, I have been taking this…


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