Apr 21, 2015
Instead of hanging with friends by the beach for Spring Break, students from Heathwood Hall dedicated themselves to serving the community.
We were honored to have a group of them here at St. Lawrence Place. They spent two days envisioning the experience of an SLP resident and that of an employee.
Students got to talk with one of our social workers, Ashley Harp, about what families who are homeless look like—their experiences while here. On the following day they listened to one of our residents tell his story. Students were surprised to learn of his journey; they expressed gratitude and respect as well.
During that time they also completed multiple service projects throughout the campus. These outstanding kids finished projects with incredible speed. They started by cleaning the laundry room (everyone is grateful for that!).
Then they moved on to the bus. Inside and out, our humble bus now sparkles. We needed some help organizing food in our pantry, so they helped us with that as well. And, with tutelage of their fearless leader Mr. Willie Ware, the students landscaped the grounds. Is there anything these teenagers can’t do?
Their final project was to create new donation boxes for us. Boy did they have fun! And, we think they got a little bit competitive, too. We are continuously impressed by the intelligence and humanist desires of the youth who volunteer at St. Lawrence Place. Heathwood students are certainly no exception. Not only did they clean the entire campus, but they asked thoughtful questions, showed good humor, and exhibited humility which we grown-ups often struggle to show. Excellent job, folks. St. Lawrence Place families now and in the future have a strong community supporting them with you as the Midlands’ future leaders.