While working with the United Way in 2013, I had the privilege to work with and meet the staff at St. Vincent de Paul. I was struck by the amazing things such a seemingly small agency was able to accomplish. So when the opportunity presented itself in October 2015 I approached Judy to see if they needed a volunteer. Judy, Michelle, Laurie and a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers welcomed me into the St. Vincent de Paul family. My intention initially was to keep myself busy and give back to the community in some small way. I volunteered each week for a few hours and have been surprised by how much I have gained over the past year. I have witnessed first hand the difference a meal from the Loretta, (dining room) clothing from the WEARhouse or a bag of groceries given in a supportive, respectful and compassionate manner makes. For some, myself included just walking through the doors at St. Vinnies and seeing those smiling faces and knowing it was safe, inclusive and welcoming place has an incredible difference each and every day. Their impact in the community is far reaching. I am grateful such an organization exists in Kingston and much more grateful that I became involved here. Thanks!