Essay about The San Marcos Homeless Shelter

788 Words Jul 26th, 2015 4 Pages
Driving through Austin, it is almost commonplace to see people standing on the side of the street requesting food and items to get them through their day. These are the people we see with dirty clothes, a backpack, and cardboard signs requesting help. It is rather depressing to see so many desperate people wandering our city without places to call home. I thought I knew how hard their lives were. However, I had never had a conversation with them. Nor did I truly know what went on in their daily lives. This is why my trip to the San Marcos homeless shelter was a bit of a shock to me.
For my sophomore English summer project, we were required to attend the San Marcos homeless shelter and volunteer for a set amount of time. I didn’t really know what to expect as I had never been to one and I wanted the experience. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by multiple other volunteers who were setting up for dinner. I was given a job and worked as diligently as possible until dinner. One of the jobs was to sweep and mop the floor of a family 's room who was out for the day. At one point, I opened up the closet and found it halfway filled with items. I asked my mother if someone had forgotten some of their belongings in their closet and was told that this was actually all the family had. It was at this point that I realized how fortunate I was to own as much as I did, and I couldn’t help to feel a bit guilty.
Dinner turned out to be a culture shock. The tables were filled with many people…

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