19. Volunteer At A Shelter
As you have already learned, there are many kinds of shelters--for battered
women, for the elderly, for children, for drug addicts, for single mothers. As a
volunteer, then you have a wide choice.
Shelters thrive on the work of volunteers, from those who sign people in, to
those who serve meals, to others who counsel the homeless on where to get social
services. For the homeless, a shelter can be as little as a place to sleep out
of the rain or as much as a step forward to self-sufficiency.
People who serve in shelters report that they have found it to be not only a
spiritual moment, but also a time when their own burdens are lightened and their
personal strength and courage are bolstered. I have personally felt a strong
sense of God's presence at shelters, transitional housing, and wherever men,
women, and children gather to feed, clothe, and protect those in need of all