I graduated from The College of New Jersey in May of 2014 with a degree in Philosophy and am grateful I had the freedom to study a wide range of subjects. I have been with Crisis Ministry since December of 2014 and it has been an extremely rewarding experience. I spend some time working with the Communications department helping staff members who work on varying projects, and with Homeless Prevention services, aimed at helping individuals and families with emergency financial assistance so they can stay in their homes or to help them move into more affordable housing.
The Crisis Ministry is giving me an opportunity to do exactly what I want to do, which is to help those in need while I figure out how to make a career of helping others.
Not long ago I had a preliminary meeting with a young woman who was in danger of being evicted from her home. As I put her information in the computer I listened to her story, shared some of mine, and cracked some jokes to lighten the mood. The next time I saw her, she had been approved for assistance and was picking up a promissory note to help pay off her back rent.
The Crisis Ministry is helping me learn that in life there are rules, and that you can’t help everyone, especially when resources are limited. But it doesn’t mean you throw your hands up in the air. At the end of the day what you remember is the smile of someone who has a home to go to.