written 3.3.14 – William and I have started volunteering outside of church. We found a soup kitchen that gets its volunteers from our church. They serve dinner three times a week. William and I went over on a Wednesday. The sign outside said that dinner was from five to six thirty so we got there at about four. We didn’t call first, we just showed up. We thought that if we needed to help make the meal we would need to be there early. It turned out that one group of volunteers makes the meal and a different group comes in and serves the meal. The group that makes the meal makes twice as much as is needed and puts it on a cart and someone from another church comes and gets it and serves it at another church that doesn’t have a kitchen. Soon the the volunteers who would be serving the meal showed up. We waited for the minister of the church that we were serving at to talk and say a prayer before the meal was served..
It is always difficult for me the first time that I go somewhere…will they like and accept me…will I find someone to talk to…I do go to a lot of new places and events, and I go alone a lot, but I do worry a lot, this time was easier, William was there too. It was a nice group of people there were about ten or fifteen people serving the meal. Before we started serving the man in charge of the volunteers talked to the new people. He said not to give anyone money and not to give anyone a ride. If someone needs these things have them talk to him or the pastor. Also he said that we should talk to the people having the meal. That is the most important part of being there. He said a prayer in the kitchen and we were given serving jobs. William served drinks with two other men and I served the rice.
William said that he would go back and serve once a week with me. They do serve meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but it would be too much for our family to go more than once a week.
One of the reasons that we are going is because William needs a reference when he fills out job applications. He doesn’t talk to many people so he can’t ask anyone. Serving meals is a nice way for a quiet person to meet people. The computer store that we get our computers fixed at would like to interview William, but he needs a reference to fill out the application. The gentleman that owns the store said that he needs people who will talk to others since all of his people need to talk to customers. William would like to work there but needs to get a reference first.
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