Today began with all 3 of my temporary room mates alarms going off at 6:00 A.M; it was our first day of service. We went to GLIDE, a church that serves meals to those in need. We were paired with a few groups during our time there with people coming from all over the world to help. I was assigned two places to work during our long day at GLIDE. I worked the coffee house which catered to those suffering with mental and physical disabilites and families with small children. The coffee house, while very fast-paced, provided a sense of intimacy between those I was able to help. The coffee house gave me everlasting memories that I will remember during and past this trip.
Coffee House TeamMy second task was given to me during the lunch hour; I was assigned to the main lunch room to hand napkins and forks to those who ate in the main room. Seeing all the people pass through that room (some even coming through multiple times) made me reflect on my own life and the privaleges I have. I saw people ranging from the elderly to those that seemed way younger than me, and it saddens me to think that people have to do this. The reality is that something like this could happen to anyone at any time and everyone is at risk.We then went back to the hostel after volunteering in order to prepare and freshen up for our tour of The Women's Building in the Mission District. The building itself is beautiful. The women's center provides a multitude of services to those who need it in the area ranging from technology help to job searching help. It was super inspiring to see the positive things that the building is doing. I am excited to work with that building in my future in San Francisco and to further my exploration of myself and the city.