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April 13, 2007

2nd Overnight Stay at Simpson

Three days ago I volunteered overnight at the Simpson Housing Shelter for the second time. This time I knew what to expect going in, which I thought was very comforting. I was considered an actual volunteer this time, instead of just a shadow, so I actually had a few responsibilities. For the most part, though, the volunteers are just there to supervise and make sure that nothing goes wrong.
I was able to recognize some of the guests this time, and I think they recognized me as well. I talked to one guy for a while that I had talked to a little bit the first time I was there. He explained to me how he had been laid off from his job and couldn't find another decent job. He said that he had no family to fall back on, because they were all struggling financially as well. He hoped it would only be a matter of time before he was able to find another job that would support him. Hearing this helped me realize why places like Simpson are so helpful and necessary. Everybody makes mistakes in life, and some people are fortunate enough to have people around them who can pick them up and support them. For those who aren't fortunate enough to have these people in their lives, these types of places can be that support that they need. Volunteering at Simpson has been an awakening experience, and I'm glad I'm participating. I know everyone says this, but it really does help me to appreciate everything that I have.