Word From a Volunteer


Barbara Fitzpatrick

Listening House is addicting for me. I began to volunteer in 1994 after responding to a notice in the Assumption bulletin. What a grace that was! Those early years were at the small facility on St. Peter Street. One year later, Listening House became “homeless.”

It reopened at its present location in 1996. During those months, I missed not being part of Listening House, and was very happy when it was back in business. The space was larger, more services were added, and the clientele increased. But the attitude of respect and dignity for all had not changed.

At one point I took time out to volunteer at another organization. It wasn’t long before I fully understood where my heart was . . . I returned to Listening House.

I find it rewarding to connect with guests. Once a relationship begins, guests greet you with a smile and often a hug. When things are not going too smoothly, you know the capable staff is there for support. Although there have been staff changes over time, there is always an atmosphere of love and caring.

I really miss it if I am not able to come on my usual Thursday morning. My relationship with guests is an opportunity, and I realize that but for the grace of God, one of my children or me could be among the guest population.

Listening House is truly a place of Love and Caring! I feel blessed to be a part of it.

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