Five Questions for a Calvary Volunteer

Jameelah Reyes started volunteering with Calvary earlier this year. As an evening and overnight volunteer, Jay comes to Calvary for evening shift every other week and about two overnights every month. We caught up with Jay to ask a few questions about the Calvary volunteer experience:

How did you first hear about Calvary?

A friend of mine was a board member several years ago.  I was looking into different volunteer options and Calvary was the best fit for me.

Why do you volunteer at Calvary?

I enjoy being a part of a program that not only provides assistance for those in need, but that also works to help the women move forward.

What has been your most memorable experience at Calvary?

I would say the first time I attempted to make coffee during my first solo overnight stay.  My first couple of pots were pretty brutal and it became a running joke.  It was the first time I felt like part of the group and not just the lady there to turn on the lights and set out food in the morning.

What do you like best about your work with Calvary?

I like that Calvary is not just a band-aid for the problems women have, it is a part of a solution.

What would you tell someone considering getting involved with Calvary?

I would tell them they should not hesitate.  Everyone I have worked with has been amazing and the women are great.  To help provide a safe environment that allows the women to get their lives back in order is incredibly rewarding.

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