For the past week and a half I have had the amazing opportunity to work at Little Sisters of the Poor, and I have enjoyed learning about what goes on behind the scenes at a nursing home. To graduate from my high school, the entire senior class had to complete 48 hours of service over a period of eight days, and I chose LSP as the site for my project. Over the past few months, I had been working at LSP randomly, but I wanted to experience more of it. I do not know what I expected when I came on the first day of my project, but I did not expect to love the nursing home and people I met as much as I do. I have developed relationships with many Residents as well as the people who work here, and I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to do so. My experience has been so positive, and I am glad to have chosen LSP.
Sister Maria Francis kept me busy for all eight days with various projects, but my favorite project was putting together a book with information of different Residents’ experience with gardening. While not everyone I talked to enjoyed or had a ton of experience with planting, I got to visit with so many interesting people about their experiences in general, and I think that was more beneficial for me than anyone else. They were all so open and willing to talk with me about their past and their families. Sister Maria Francis told me that one of the most important aspects of care at the home is human interaction and companionship, and talking with all the Residents made me feel like I had contributed to their continued care and happiness. I learned so much from people who have so much to teach. After two weeks of visiting with Residents, helping serve meals, taking them on walks through the garden, putting together vases of flowers, helping with odd jobs, and so much more, I will never forget the enriching time I spent at Little Sisters of the Poor.