Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to provide people experiencing homelessness with access to a broad range of services, including medical check-ups, eye screenings, foot care, legal services, employment assistance, pet care, food, toiletries, and more.
By Sarah Partee, OTN Intern
I ask a lot of questions. There are a lot of things I don’t understand. Through my time and experiences as an intern with Open Table these past 10 months (how has it been 10 months?!) I have learned more than I could ever begin to explain. And with this, comes a greater understanding that this world is so big and so small all at the same time. And that’s confusing. So I ask more questions.
One of the best things I have learned is that I have power. I am capable of being the change (rather, the MANY changes) I wish to see in this world. This newfound belief has come to me because I am surrounded by the most incredible, selfless, justice-seeking, loving people I have ever met. The staff of Open Table has changed my life and given me hope for our hurting world. As much as we see pain, heartache, and injustice daily- we also see beauty, grace, and love – and they exemplify these last three endlessly.
Being empowered and realizing that I too can empower others has been liberating. I now see that each interaction I have with ANYONE is a holy and sacred thing. In my internship, I do a lot of “little things” to help support the mission of Open Table. But I am beginning to see that little or not, everything in this work is important. Mother Teresa once said, “There are no great acts. Only small acts done with great love.” Let us not forget this.
So my hope today is that you begin to feel empowered to make a difference. You don’t have to be an outreach worker. You don’t have to have a degree in religious studies or social work. And my favorite – you don’t have to feel qualified! Just put love into every conversation. Hold onto hope. Ask questions. Read and participate in our “Daily Actions” under the “Blog” tab on our website. With these things, our world will become a better place – slowly but surely.