Essay about The At The Echo Homeless Shelter

842 Words Jun 8th, 2016 4 Pages
I volunteered over night with my friend, Lauren, at the ECHO homeless shelter in Atascadero. Many students had negative comments on their volunteer experience, claiming that it was very boring and they felt as if they had not actually helped. Lauren and I took it upon ourselves to bring ice cream and water melon slices to pass out to the residents so we could introduce ourselves and establish a connection to hopefully avoid being bystanders like my other classmates. I was prepared to help the shelter workers and do small tasks like serving food and monitoring rooms, but after orientation the workers handed us a master key and informed us that we would be the sole regulators at the shelter. Having such a large amount of trust instilled upon only Lauren and me, we were able to exceed the volunteer duties and play a bigger role.
The kids were the first to start opening up by first shyly asking for help on there homework then eventually showing us their toys and cool gymnastic tricks until we agreed to play with them. After seeing the kids’ enthusiasm with us and our involvement, the adult residents put an effort into conversing with us. The residents seemed genuinely interested in listening to us, asking us meaningful questions about our families and hometowns all the way to our hopes and dreams for the future. As the night went on the conversations became more in depth and they started confiding to us about their problems, life struggles, and how they ended up here.…

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