Once I began my senior year of college, I knew I had to pick an internship in order to graduate. Right from the beginning I knew I wanted an internship in Boone, but was not picky about where I did it. I started to view this opportunity as just "class credit" rather than a learning experience. Little did I know my heart would be completely transformed. It was during my first week as an intern when I learned this place would become SO much more than just "class credit".
As I watched someone talk about her sobriety to one of our employees, the emotions in the room were overwhelming. Both the client and the employee were glowing with excitement of this proud accomplishment. This was the moment when my perspective completely changed. It was clear what an impact Hospitality House has on so much of our community. But what sets us apart, is the amount of care our employees have for everyone that walks through the front door.
The overwhelming love and care everyone has for each other is evident as soon as you come inside. I started to learn that sometimes the only thing someone needs is a little love. It does not matter where you come from, what mistakes you've made, or how many accomplishments you have --if you do not have a support system, then none of that matters.
I learned that having a support system and having people love and care about you can completely change a persons perspective about themselves. No one deserves to feel unloved, and everyday this place tries to express care to people in a way that is undeniable. I learned to love a diverse population and accept everyone. Hospitality House is changing the lives of many people suffering from homelessness, but also changing the lives of young interns like me.