We here at JVC Northwest hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Here’s a Thanksgiving reflection from Stephanie, Lead Area Director:
The morning before Thanksgiving I joined Jesuit Volunteer, Danielle at Rose Haven, a community and intervention center for women. It was the morning of their Thanksgiving feast, and I had been invited to help serve the food. I found Rose Haven to be such an incredible community! In addition to the impressive amount of food served (we were asking people to come back for second helpings of pie), the staff held a raffle and gave out holiday gifts. The women who came together to share the meal were in good spirits: full of stories and laughter at the table. Danielle greeted every woman by name with a smile, even searching the refrigerator for an extra meal when someone came in who couldn’t eat the turkey. I walked away from my morning at Rose Haven thinking about what it takes to build community – Danielle is making a wonderful difference in her community through her friendly demeanor and supportive service with her placement agency. I feel privileged to have shared in this experience with such a wonderful group of women.