Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. One thing we know: our god is also your god. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.
The PVs returned to Mary’s Place today where we spent the morning and early afternoon preparing what was to become dinner for the families, women, and children, who are a part of the programming offered through Mary’s place. We chopped peppers and onions, prepared sausages for cooking, sliced those same sausages, and combined all of the tasty ingredients with a delicious marinara sauce. Some of us took the liberty to sample the product and it was might tasty. In the kitchen, we talked, laughed, and worked alongside the staff, volunteers, and Empower U Interns. The Empower U Internship program provides a three-month internship for Mary’s Place guests to earn a small stipend as well as to learn valuable job skills. To read more about the great work being done at Mary’s place, check out their website http://www.marysplaceseattle.org.
Today the volunteers worked at Mary’s Place in their Day Center kitchen. Mary’s Place, as they state on their website, is “a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. We empower families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Our work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. We inspire the community to support homeless women, children, and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.” Volunteers chopped fruit and vegetables, for salads being served at lunch in the Day Center, and made meatloaf and diced potatoes that would be served for dinner at their several shelter locations. Mary’s Place is able to provide 450 places for homeless families in the area. The food prepared today will feed those people. It was a wonderful day interacting with the kitchen staff and each other, listening and sharing stories.
For the 5th consecutive year, the PVs will be spending the week in and around Seattle, working with local agencies and learning more about the issues that plague those struggling in the community. This year we have an group of 10 local volunteers that will be participating at the different sites. We will update during the week about our various activities. Please follow along and keep the volunteers in your thoughts.
Building, serving, believing…..PV Volunteers.
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It is a relationship between equals.
Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage,not weakness.
The world would be a happier, more peaceful place if we all tried to understand instead of judging, paused before reacting, and gave each other the benefit of the doubt instead of assuming the worst.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.