Updated: May 19
As I reflect on my time interning at Hospitality House, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. When being immersed in an environment such as a homeless shelter, it is impossible for perceptions not to be shifted. I was able to gain the trust and friendship of many of the residents, which in turn led to me gaining more knowledge about the struggles they have endured throughout their lives. It really put into perspective how no matter what the circumstances, everyone deserves to feel loved, seen, and heard, and to be given access to resources to help them not only survive, but also to hopefully help them to thrive.
I will never forget my time spent at Hospitality House, as the people I encountered there truly changed my life and showed me the importance of lending a helping hand wherever I can, because even just the use of empathy can go a long way.
As Winnie the Pooh once said, "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard". This truly resonated with me as I was disembarking on my journey at Hospitality House, as residents and I tearfully expressed our appreciation for one another and parted ways. Thank you to the welcoming staff and the clients who taught me more than I could have ever imagined.