The Heart of a Volunteer
Many people think volunteering is about giving back, and while that is true, what volunteers gain is priceless. Susan started volunteering with the Women’s and Children’s Center three years ago. What started as a way to help the community has grown to be an integral part of Susan’s life. “The great thing about volunteering with SHM is there are so many opportunities that can fit into your schedule.” Susan commented, “I was looking for a distinctly Christian ministry and a place where I could be involved one-on-one with helping people. Shepherd’s House offers that opportunity. Their emphasis on grace and biblically-based recovery programs is very effective. I can heartily encourage others to volunteer. I would also encourage anyone to invest in the ministries of Shepherds House.”
Susan is a regular volunteer at the center, participating in house activities including the weekly bible studies. She also spends time regularly helping Central Oregon’s homeless get a hot shower and some clean clothes when she works with the weekly shower truck.
We asked Susan what stands out about her volunteer experience and she said, “I have seen many women being healed from the traumas of addiction, abuse, and homelessness at the Women and Children’s Center. The graduates go on to be reunited with family, find jobs, and locate permanent housing. Other outreaches provide food, clothing and shelter in the winter months. The staff treats the homeless and vulnerable with respect and compassion.”
Susan added, “I have been humbled and have grown in compassion for our most vulnerable people.”
The work we do at Shepherd’s House – from the Men and Women’s Recovery Centers to the food pantry to the Bend Shelter and Project S.H.A.R.E, cannot be accomplished without volunteers like Susan.
Visit our Volunteer Page to learn how you can get involved and how our volunteer team can match you with a project that will make a difference in the lives of others and in yours!