Inspirational and life changing
“Thank you to all of the members of LEFSA for welcoming us into your phenomenal community. Each and every one of you are inspiring, and what you do is extraordinary. In the short time we were there, we were able to learn so much, and it truly opened my eyes that I need to spend more time involved in the community.
“LEFSA is a place everyone should experience. The feeling of sitting in those chairs during a Wednesday meeting is powerful. There is absolutely no judgment, and for those few hours you feel as if all your troubles go away. I looked forward to the Wednesday meetings each week knowing I would be a part of something much bigger than myself. The meeting topics are inspirational and life changing. Anyone can take what they’ve learned that day and apply it to their life. I truly believe I’ve learned more from the members at LEFSA than we were able to teach.
“I cannot explain the joy I felt in my heart every time we presented our health topics. The members were just as eager to learn from us as we were eager to teach. I have never experienced an audience with more willingness to learn about their health. Everyone was open to sharing their life experiences and offering advice. Your stories showed me a different side of healthcare and the real-life struggles people face every day. I promise to take that with me in my career and life always.
“Two moments I’ll never forget are singing ‘Victory Is Mine,’ and visiting the drop-in center with JB and Pam. Last week, when a few members gave news of getting housing, everyone erupted in applause and sang ‘Victory Is Mine.’ The entire room filled with happiness for someone else, and I could feel it in the air. There is nothing more profound than sincere love for another person’s success. I even find myself singing that throughout my day.
“When we visited the drop-in center we were able to sit in a circle and talk with the community members there. I can remember one of the gentlemen who was probably the same age as me. He had just found a new job and shared his family struggles with us. Even with all that he had gone through, he was asking us about school and how it felt to be in a classroom. Every time I take an exam now or complain about class work, I think of him. Something I would take for granted, he’s working towards.
“Another gentleman explained that he was curious as to why we were in New York, but us being there must have been his reason. His purpose for that day was to be there and hear what JB and Pam were talking about. I felt the same way. The two of them have given so much to so many by just being there, and that is remarkable. The dedication everyone at LEFSA has is incredible.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your experiences with us and welcoming us! God loves you all, and I definitely do too!”
—Brittany Robert, nursing student, College of Mount Saint Vincent