My name’s Isabel and I am a third year Health Sciences student. I was born and raised in Calgary and have had an interest in the topic of homelessness ever since high school. A friend took me along with her during one of her volunteer shifts for Inn from the Cold at Sacred Heart Church where we helped make dinner and then had a lovely evening dining together with everyone. That evening opened by eyes to the prejudice and assumptions that imbeds the idea of homelessness and made me take a step back and reflect on my stance on it. Naturally, the Homelessness at Home ucalgarycares program was on my to-do list of university experiences that I’d like to do, since first year, and so I am very excited to be able to participate in the Homelessness at Home (H@H) program this year.
What I am excited for this week is gaining the ability to view my hometown in a different light. To get the opportunity to hear other people’s stories which sometimes may take place in the same setting as my life stories – Calgary, Alberta – but could feel like worlds apart. I am excited to get the opportunity to ask questions about the services that are provided for those who need them and uncover the great things the city is doing regarding homelessness as well as what needs to be worked on. As I continue to pack (and check off things from another list – the Pack List 2014) I can’t help but feel a mixture of nervousness and excitement. Nervousness for the unknown and unfamiliar environment I will submerge myself in. Excitement for what I may uncover in this terra nova.
Gotta finish packing – it’s getting late!
Until next time,