Letters: Service is the rent we pay
'Service is the rent we pay' April honors Sexual Assault Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention and Crime Victims Awareness Week (April 13-19) and Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 27-May 3). Being an advocate is a blessing, not a job. I have been so...
the rent we pay'
April honors Sexual Assault Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention and Crime Victims Awareness Week (April 13-19) and Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 27-May 3).
Being an advocate is a blessing, not a job.
I have been so blessed. I have not had a "job" for eight years; instead I have been blessed to receive a paycheck for receiving a gift from those who are brave enough to invite me into the ugliest part of their life and invite me to walk with them in their journey of healing.
It amazes me the strength survivors have every day to conquer their demons and finally take their life and power back.
I am truly elated when I say something or am part of a moment that triggers an understanding in the survivor that releases a huge part of their pain. You can actually see a physical change in them. The way they carry themselves shows a huge weight has literally been lifted from their shoulders and/or heart.
What can be better than sharing that moment with someone? Nothing in my past employment even compares. Sure I enjoyed seeing and talking with the regulars getting their coffee and paying for their gas. I was thrilled when I figured out what type of gadget customers were describing and could find it in the store. I was elated when someone actually bought something I was selling over the phone, but all that only gave me a paycheck, and made someone else a little bit richer.
When I can see that what I do now matters to the core survival of a fellow survivor, there is nothing that I would be willing to give this up for.
I can't say that I'm glad I was abused, but if I hadn't been, I'm not sure I would be doing this work here...and for that I am extremely grateful.
I challenge everyone to volunteer for some place that needs your talents.
"Service is the rent we pay for living," this according to Marion Wright Eddelman.
Advocacy Services Coordinator, Sexual Assault Program