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January 30, 2006

Week of January 29

I've selected St. Anne's Place. I have quite a bit of expirence working in homeless shelters, so it seems like a good fit for me. It was my first choice and there i was placed. I hope to help and grow with those who I will be working with. Not only am I looking forward to understanding the innerworkings of a non-profit organization and the staff that supports it, but also to get to know and understand those without homes who reside in St. Anne's. I'm facinated and would like very much so to get in the field of social work. The expirence of volunteering for St. Anne's hopefully will help enrich me and those around me.
I plan on taking the bus. Which i am certainly hesitant about in terms of safety. My 23 year old sister lives right off of Olson Memorial HIghway on the edge of N. Minneapolis. She worries about me being down there past 6:00 at night. We'll see how it goes. I'm nearly certain that it will all work itself out just fine.

January 23, 2006

Understanding Service

Understanding Service allows people to open up their minds to what defines the term sevice. It brings up the question, "do truely selfless motives for service exist?" This is a difficult question to answer. I think as much as one can say that yes it is quite possible for it to be entirely selfless, it isn't completely true. The feeling that you recieve after giving someone a hand is worth the help you give them. Somethig as insignifican as holding doors open for people and to be throughly appreciated when they smile or say thank you. It passes along the smile. I believe it's generally an involuntary act that shouldn't be necessairly defined as selfless or selfish. It's rather, a system of give and recieve, an exchange of good deeds and feeling. In a world where time is money, to give up your time to help someone out is in the greater scheme of things a keen example of servitude. It's hard to say that the feeling of being humbled isn't a fine motive to serve, but sometimes you can't avoid it.