Faith is one of two current interns at the Gateway Center who are here through the 2013-2014 Mission Year program in Atlanta (www.missionyear.org). Along with Sarah Grace White, she’ll be working with the Speaker’s Bureau to raise awareness and break down the stereotypes surrounding homelessness. Before coming to Atlanta, she was born and raised in Ohio, the Buckeye State, and was pursuing a Social Work major at Stark College before taking time off for Mission Year. She recently celebrated two years of marriage to her high school sweetheart, Joshua—who is also a Mission Year volunteer serving in Atlanta. She is a passionate coffee drinker who prefers her espresso pulled short and her milk ultra-foamed, and she frequents libraries in her spare time.

 

Why she’s excited to be at Gateway:

Gateway’s commitment to serving the most vulnerable people within Atlanta’s population is so obvious from the moment you walk through the door. They do so much, and everyone I’ve met has been incredibly friendly and dedicated. I’ve been so impressed with the range and extent of the services offered, and so many lives have been changed because of this organization. I’m so proud to get to be here and contribute even a little bit to that work.

Hopes for her time at Gateway:

I’m really trying to check my expectations at the door and just keep an open mind going into every single experience. My goal is to allow myself and my perceptions to grow and be changed by what I encounter here. The last thing I want is to leave here as the same person I came in as—I don’t want to look back and have regrets because I remained stagnant.

Why she signed up:

Back in Ohio, my husband and I had always been deeply religious people. Because of our Christian faith, we held certain values such as social justice, love for others, selflessness, and simplicity. However, when we took a cold, hard look at our day-to-day lives, we realized that we weren’t actually doing very much to live out those values that we claimed were so important to us. That realization became an impetus for change, and eventually led us to apply for Mission Year. The rest, as they say, is history!

Words to live by:

From my favorite author, Anne Lamott: “Breathe. Pray. Be kind. Stop grabbing.” The last one is probably the most important, because I feel like it’s so easy to go through life trying to clutch on to everything good that comes your way rather than just let things flow naturally. It’s also probably the hardest to accomplish.

 

 

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