We were back in Riverside again this afternoon, on a cold and rainy day. We only had a few kids when it was time to start, so Janice gave whole new meaning to "engaging the community." By the time she finished making the rounds of all the apartments, we have a roomful of children. Another great day, with more kids than yesterday! This group has been such a strong group, and has really demonstrated the concept of mutual aid, strong social work values, and the importance of planning and keeping everyone involved.
|Students get ready for the skit.|
|Patrinia in her "disguise" for the skit.|
|These are some wild boots!|
This group did an intervention on bullying and the children were involved and having fun. They have enjoyed having us back in the community, and the kids were sad we would not be there the following day, but excited when I told them a group would come the week after Thanksgiving. Once again, it makes me think that what we do there is important and makes a difference. A friend recently shared a saying with me from Mother Teresa about "we cannot do great things; only small things with great love." That sums up how I feel about our work in this community. It may not be a "great thing" that changes the socioeconomic conditions or life opportunities they face, but it is definitely done with great love. Small things, if there are enough of them, can add up to be a great thing in my opinion.