My husband and I have been long-time financial donors to the Star of Hope. Earlier this year, God opened a door of opportunity for me to volunteer in the kitchen at the Women & Family Emergency Shelter. For this, I will be forever grateful. It is an honor and privilege to have this chance to serve others each and every week. Being supervised by a professional and talented staff that works directly alongside the residents is both amazing and humbling.
Each time I volunteer, I know that I’m going to leave Star of Hope with a new skill and memorable experiences. Oh and yes, maybe an aching back. But it is all worth it because it’s done in selfless service to others. The staff applies determination and creativity where at times the pantry requires a large dose of it, and in doing so they are laying up treasures as we serve others. We offer the residents our very best at every meal. For me, it is deeply gratifying to hear residents thank those of us "on the line" who work hard to ensure they do not go hungry.
At Star of Hope, people connect with others on a very direct and human level. This is real. This is valuable. This is meaningful. This really matters. Lives are being saved and transformed daily, including my own. As I reflect at the end of each shift, I am reminded of just how Star of Hope carries out its amazing mission through the faithfulness and the abundance of heart from people who really care. My life is truly blessed!
Star of Hope Volunteer