Volunteer Manager, Sheila Coquet sees to it that volunteer groups and individuals have a good experience at City Mission. Recently the Bishop Canevin Highschool students spent a week of service at City Mission for their annual Mission Trip in their local community. At the end of the week they celebrate with a Mission Trip Dinner. The students personally invited Sheila along with two program residents, Ryan and Joe to attend the dinner because of the profound impact they had during the week. Sheila tells us how Ryan and Joe shared their stories with the students at the dinner:
“Ryan shared a very relatable story that he too had gone to a private faith based high school and had everything. He went to college and made poor choices with drugs and lost everything including relationships with his family. He told them a story of transformation and hope and said that without City Mission he wouldn’t be standing there to tell them to always believe in themselves that anything is possible.
Joe shared a story of a life on the streets with handguns and survival. He shared his wavering faith and lack of belief in God and amazed me the most with how open and talkative he was. Joe told them all to stay in school, do their best and believe that they could do anything they put their minds to. He reminded them to always keep their faith in God no matter what.
We were presented with bags filled with thank you notes and encouragement from the students and staff. I could tell as Joe and Ryan looked through their notes that they were very touched by the thoughtfulness.
So many of the students, staff and parent chaperones told them both how much of a difference it made to them to hear their stories directly from them and that they inspired them.
Such a heartwarming night!”