The Opportunity Statue

January 17, 2020

 

Thursday as we all met for Social Services day. We started the morning off with a team building
meeting. We discussed the Habitude we would be focusing on throughout the day, which was
the Opportunity Statue. This Habitude was to teach us to grab a hold of your opportunities while
you can because once they pass by there is no going back. We used this Habitude to see the
opportunities each organization had to take that we visited that day. Our first stop was in Avon
Park, at NuHope Diamond Farmhouse Kitchen. Here we participated in a bonding activity with
the senior citizens of the program. We started off with a question we were given to discuss to
show that through getting to know one another we have more similarities than we may have
thought. After finishing up in Avon Park we traveled back to Sebring and visited Hope Haven
Transitional Housing. The location we stopped at was not a place to walk into like we all were
thinking, it was actually the site where their foundation is going to start a new group of tiny
houses for individuals to live in. We learned that this organization is a non-profit organization
that houses those who are homeless and want to make a change in their life for the better. We
heard many stories of people who have excelled throughout the program and even how some
struggles led to the reason the program is available today. Our next stop was at New Testament
Mission, a local non-profit organization that feeds the less fortunate in our community. We had
the privilege of being able to help during lunch time by passing out personal hygiene items and
serving food. After lunch we learned all about how this organization was started in a time where
there was a lot of hardship in our community and it grew into what it is today. After finishing at
New Testament Mission we headed off to New Concepts by Visions which was by far, my
favorite part of the day. We were placed with a group of clients and at each table we helped
them decorate Christmas cookies, when we finished those, we got to help make a craft with
them. I enjoyed the opportunity interacting with and getting to know the group of clients I spent
time with. We ended the day at Samaritan’s Touch Care Center, which is a non-profit
organization that provides medical care for those in the community who may not be able to
afford or get care themselves. We rotated in groups seeing all the different aspects that this
organization provides for our local community. In all we got to see a different side from our
previous day out, we saw how many people in our local community who have struggled and,
yet, made something good from it.

 

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