As a staff member at Benjamin's House I find myself appreciating that I am able to help my kids in their understanding of the homeless population. Sometimes when I am working my family may stop by and and my children are able to meet the residents and realize that being homeless doesn't make people any different then you or me, the only difference is where we call home. They get to see that there are people from all different backgrounds and circumstances. By my kids seeing me get up and go to work to help people, they themselves are introduced to kindness, empathy, and the goodwill of mankind. I am proud of where I work, and the wonderful people I get to work with. I think it's important to have our youth reach out and volunteer and be a part of their community, the fortunate and unfortunate alike. People don't often think about how their job as a parent affects your children but it does. My kids see where I work and what I do and I explain to them why I am thankful that I get the opportunity to make a difference and how they can too!
Author, Staci Hilden, Program Assistant
The Benji House Blog is made up of various experiences and insights from the staff and volunteers at the shelter. It is our hope that personal tales of what we all see and feel will help our community and world be a understand and allow compassion for those who need us the most.