When Crystal Bailey received an inquiry from Calvary staff about facilitating an etiquette class for women experiencing homelessness, it was a request she couldn’t refuse. Since then, she has facilitated a variety of classes as part of our life skills, education, and arts program (LEAP).
Crystal’s classes have included professional development, business, networking, and fine dining etiquette training. “My goal is to take the mystique out of a topic that can seem very stuffy and apply it to everyday life,” she says, referring to the etiquette classes.
We had the chance to sit down with Crystal and learn about why she finds volunteering at Calvary so special:
Where are you from?
I am originally from Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Interestingly enough, I’m a country mouse who grew up on a cattle and horse farm. Of course, I consider myself a real city mouse now.
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I like to time travel by way of 60’s and 70’s soul and funk music. I really think I was born in the wrong era and I’m a very old soul!
Why do you volunteer with Calvary?
I know these ladies will use the training in their life and career long after their time at Calvary. My hope is that something will be said in our class that will serve as a future source of empowerment.
And I don’t care if those words have come from me or someone else. Very often it is the words of wisdom from the other ladies that will make the greatest impact.
What has been your most unique experience facilitating at Calvary?
My favorite experience at Calvary has been a karaoke holiday party we had a few years ago. I’m so impressed by everyone who is affiliated with Calvary and the work, time and dedication they put into the mission and making small events like that very special and memorable.
What advice do you have for future Calvary volunteers?
Know that you will take away more than you can ever offer. The women have and are leading amazing lives. They have backgrounds and experiences that will impress and astound you. Don’t be afraid to learn and listen.
Every class is different, and every day is different, be open to going with the flow of that day and see the amazing places it can take you!