One young lady selected The Window as her confirmation assignment, and we were so impressed with her that we thought you would enjoy reading her story told in her own words.
“My name is Emily and I go to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bristol, IN. This year, I am thirteen and I am taking classes at my church to be confirmed. In order to be confirmed into my church, I must complete 8 community service hours regarding one of the 7 corporal works of mercy. They are: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, bury the dead, visit the sick, give drink to the thirsty, visit the imprisoned and shelter the homeless.
I chose to feed the hungry and volunteer at The Window in Goshen, IN. At The Window I volunteer in the pantry. The pantry supplies food for those who can’t afford groceries themselves. I think the pantry is one of the most important places at The Window. It helps the family receive food but not just give them meals. It helps the families become more independent. Inside the pantry there are sections for different types of food. As of now the pantry has 12 sections: vegetables, soup, beans, fruit, tomatoes, grains, cereal, meat, miscellaneous, eggs, bread and personal hygiene items. The job of helping in the pantry is very hands-on which I enjoy. The people receiving the food from the pantry have 2 cards given to them by the front desk worker. One card has the number of people in their family. The other card says what number person they are to show up for the pantry that day.
The volunteers call the numbers in numerical order and we bring them into the pantry. We bring the family to the first section and explain the process to them. I like to talk to the families that I help and get to know them. If this group has 4 people in their family, they get a certain amount of points for each section. Bigger families receive more points each section. Most cans are worth one point but some bigger cans can be worth 2 points and some smaller cans will be 2 cans for 1 point. We walk them through each section and load the cans they choose onto the cart and into a box. When they are done we bring their things out to their car or out to the street if they ride the trolley or walk.
I enjoy volunteering in the pantry very much. When it is not crowded, I like to organize the cans and bread shelves. The Window gets many donations from a variety of donors and the people who visit The Window are very thankful for the help they receive every time they visit. If you would like to volunteer at The Window in Goshen or donate visit www.thewindowofgoshen.com.
Thank you for your support of The Window and those who attend The Window.”