Essay on The Importance Of Volunteering At A Homeless Shelter

1604 Words Oct 8th, 2015 7 Pages
To my surprise, I found myself somewhere I never thought I would a Friday night. Actually, a place I never thought I would spend any night to be exact. Surrounded by fifty or sixty men; of all different races, ages, and religions. I had overwhelming feelings of reconsideration and anxiety flowing through my body. I was wondering if these men would look at me different because how I dressed or how I spoke. Nevertheless, I tried to convince myself everybody here was equal, and that I was no better than they were. Amazingly, after my first few encounters while volunteering at a homeless shelter, it was quickly made apparent that everybody here was in fact equal. The fact that these men lived in a homeless shelter made no difference, we all are one in the same. As soon as I walked through the doors of the Faith Mission homeless shelter in Columbus, Ohio at 5:30pm, I immediately questioned myself on the decision of volunteering my time with the homeless. Right from the beginning, I noticed the pungent odor lingering in the air. Ironically, the smell reminded me of my Uncle Alonzo, who would often live out of his car or vacant structures around the city. I was so nervous I was basically shaking, not paying attention I had almost tripped and fell over a homeless man sleeping in the lobby. I would later find out this gentleman would be the one who I would be working side by side with the majority of the night. Scanning my environment around me, I was caught off guard by…

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