A Letter To Patrick, From Patrick


A letter to myself (two months ago)

Dear Patrick,

I know you’re about to start on your Americorps journey and you really don’t know what to expect, so let me fill you in on what you’re probably expecting and a few things that aren’t.

Fun times with my fellow VISTAs and Darcy.

You’re going to end up going to the Hunger Intervention program which is located in a Presbyterian church conveniently close to where you live. You’re going to be paired up with 9 other Americorps members and its their first time as well so don’t worry you’re not the only one with nerves.

Those days you stay late to help prepare for the upcoming meals are at first going to be exhausting but, well OK they still are exhausting. However despite how hot that kitchen gets (and it will get hot) and how coated your clothes will become with water and the various ingredients to that weeks meals you’re going to feel good at the end of the week. You’re going to feel good because you’re working hard and doing work that matters and making a genuine difference in people’s lives.

As for handing out the meals at your meal site, the numbers will vary. Some days you run out of meals within 15 minutes, others are much slower. You just need to continue to reaching out to every parent who goes to your site. Yes the slower days may be frustrating but the look of happiness on the kids faces and the grateful looks you get from the parents when you’re feeding their child lunch will make your day every single time guaranteed.

– Patrick

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