I can remember back to when I was a young college student at WNMU.
I was a rebel without a cause and if Darth Vader had been around he would have surely ‘felt my anger.’
I searched in vain, trying to fill an emptiness inside.
Self-improvement. The joy of learning. And later a wanderlust and thirst for adventure that couldn’t be quenched as I traveled from far-off country to country in my years in the Marine Corps.
Then it was the pursuit of material riches and ‘stuff” that caught my fancy. As I climbed the corporate ladder searching for that elusive fame and fortune.
But it wasn’t until I got married and had a family that I started to find a sense of peace as I learned the value of unselfish service to others.
And I finally found true joy and fulfillment when I started giving back to our town by helping the poor and the homeless at the Gospel Mission. The anger had finally lifted and my thoughts were pure and clear with the happiness that came from unselfishly giving back to those less fortunate than myself.
Many others, especially from our University community at Western have also tasted that joy.
Just ask Abe Villarreal, Director of Communications who cooks lunch every single Saturday at 11 am, either alone or with luck he’ll have a few students join him.
Or Christie Wolford, a student from WNMU who did an internship with us last semester and was later hired as our case worker.
Or Bridget Lehmann who completed an internship in the health and wellness field.
Or Coach Clark and his team who come down periodically and load a semi trailer full of clothes that is sent to either Mexico or Africa.
Or his wife Mimi Clark who saw on Facebook that a lady at the homeless shelter needed a stroller for her baby and dropped one off within the hour.
Or Dr Chu and family who like to spend their time cooking and volunteering down here.
Or Professor Leslie Cook with the social work department who likes to use us as an internship location and her student Catherine Tanner who also just completed an internship.
Or the beautiful Brooklyn and her Communications class who did a project for the homeless and had me speak to their class where one of their students broke down and thanked us for the help we had given his family over the years.
Or Chief Gil Najar and his cadets from the Police Academy who did their community service work by staffing our cold weather shelter.
And the so many more from Western whom have helped us throughout the years.
So if Darth can feel your anger, come on down and discover the meaning of selfless giving. You might just be surprised.
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