We all had a wonderful day when five volunteers and their children from Christian Assembly came to Ascencia on Big Sunday Weekend to lend a hand to the agency and to our residents.
Although we have enjoyed a close relationship with members of Christian Assembly Church, this was the first time, Jonathan, Ruth, Elizabeth, Abraham and Craig came to Ascencia to volunteer. Jonathan and Ruth’s children joined us as we gathered to plan our activities together. Craig took the reins on the shelving project and he got lots of help from our youngsters.
Our volunteer team came ready to roll up their sleeves and make hygiene kits for homeless people who lack these basic essentials of daily living. (Our Outreach Case Managers distribute these kits to homeless people they encounter as they drive around Glendale and the surrounding communities hoping they can talk to them and introduce Ascencia’s services). Elizabeth and Ruth organized our pantry and Abraham swept our parking lot and our cul-de sac immediately surrounding the agency. Later, Jonathan and Abraham folded clothing donations and place them in boxes according to size, age and gender.
I shared success stories with the group after we began to wrap up for the day. I told them about our former client, Deborah Collins, who went on to be given The Woman of Courage Award from the City of Glendale for her determination to not only find employment but also to develop work skills that launched her into becoming an Administrative Assistant to the top executive at her agency. She accomplished this as a single mom raising two children on her own. The strides she made were no easy feat but she dedicated herself to accomplishing her goals and she did it!
- Elizabeth Tismeer, Volunteer Coordinator