Posted by Katie Robinson, MPR Intern
As someone who believes that social and economic justice are the most pressing issues her community is facing, Crystal, of Minn., has chosen to highlight Rick Strickler, a volunteer at Our Saviour’s Emergency Shelter (OSH) where she works. OSH provides free educational services, including English speaking and reading, math skills, computer skills, and citizenship preparation. They also offer and emergency shelter, transitional housing, and longer term housing for over 600 people experiencing homelessness each year. Much of this work is done by their 1400 annual volunteers, like Rick:
“He began volunteering at the shelter desk three times a week to welcome and assist anyone who found their way to our door – people experiencing the hardships of homelessness, donors of in-kind goods, dinner volunteers, and even the mail carrier. He greeted them with a smile, baked goods and coffee, friendly conversation, and a grateful demeanor. Everyone looked forward to their next interaction with Rick because he made them feel important and worth his time. Not too long after Rick’s first few months, he desired to increase his volunteer commitment at OSH….No task was too random or beneath him; rather he would initiate any task that would assist the staff and residents of OSH. His generosity was impossible to miss.”
“This is a picture of Rick and the group he coordinated to serve dinner at Our Saviour’s Housing. He is the second person from the right.”
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