For this month’s volunteer spotlight, the thought of highlighting our Mindful Meditation class instructor Mark Stone fills us with serenity and gratitude. Mark has been working with the women at Calvary since August of 2016. Upon retiring from his professional life, which included long stints with both the IMF and US Department of State, Mark decided to dedicate significant time and energy toward teaching mindfulness to underserved populations in DC. His classes have always been a huge hit at Calvary, as he helps the women heighten their awareness of self and find inner peace. The staff at Calvary are particularly grateful for his patience and flexibility, as it is often a challenge to find the perfect quiet space for his classes. As the saying goes, ‘Silence is Golden’… and also hard to come by!
Where are you from?
I grew up near Boston and remain a rabid Boston sports fan, to the detriment of my less fortunate fan friends in the DMV.
How are you involved at Calvary Women’s Services?
I have been graced to lead the meditation and mindfulness class at Calvary for coming on two years.
What do you like best about your work with Calvary?
I love walking into Calvary, the smiles on everyone’s face, the vibe of support and healing.
During our meditations, the room quiets, our minds and bodies still, and each of us feels more connected with our true selves and with each other. These moments of stillness and connection are highlights of my week.
What has surprised you most about volunteering at Calvary?
I was initially surprised, and am always touched, by the ever ready support and love that the ladies provide for each other, notwithstanding their living in close quarters, and facing so many challenges.
What has been your most memorable experience at Calvary?
My most memorable experience at Calvary were the insights offered by a lady in the class who had clairvoyant powers; her observations helped me make an important decision I was facing at the time.
What would you tell someone considering getting involved at Calvary?
To someone considering getting involved at Calvary, I would say that Calvary is so well run that the volunteers can focus on what they can do best for the clients. It is the commitment of the staff that sets Calvary apart.
If you had to choose one word to describe Calvary, what would it be?
For me, Calvary offers connection.