Today was my last day and it was so bittersweet. I spent my time conducting the surveys about dating and relationships advice, and we got a total of 40 responses! I'm going to miss seeing everyones faces every week, but I hope to continue helping out in the office next semester.
I had my last shift as Miriam's for the semester, and it has been such a joy to work with everyone 3x a week this semester. I feel as though I really got to know the guests and case managers better, and really grew into my role as a guest services assistant. Being in this position of leadership as well as being the engageDC site leader really gave me the confidence needed to succeed this semester.
It has been such an honor running The Climb Is Our Story this past semester with Zaniya. We finished off by presenting at the symposium earlier today, and it was amazing for everyone to see all that we have accomplished. I cannot wait to see the program continue to grow next semester.
Dr. Imani Cheers is an amazing and very well educated woman. I really appreciated hearing her get to speak, and reinforcing how we should process information and fact check everything we read because algorithms are set up to either spread lies or confirm our biases.
These past few weeks have been quite busy! We launched a new campaign called "Save Our Scholarships: Ban Scholarship Displacement", held an event on campus, held a rally on Capitol Hill, and have been meeting with different congressmen. I am very excited to see where this campaign takes us.
It has been to grow with the interns and start the Save Our Scholarships: Ban Scholarship Displacement movement. I can't wait to see how our events and rally go!
Working at Miriam's is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I truly love interacting with the guests, chefs, case mangers, security guards, etc. Being able to serve 3 times a week really allows me to see the differences Miriam's makes on a daily and weekly basis. As I continue to show up, the more responsibility and trust the supervisors give me, which has allowed me to see how Miriam's operates from new and different perspectives.
I have finally been able to get back in the kitchen and it was such a great feeling. I love that Miriam's allows to serve in so many different facets. It was lovely to be back with my favorite chefs and joke around whilst also serving and talking with the guests.
This was another great week at Miriam's! As the week progressed, we got more clothing and toiletry cart donations, so we were able to meet more of the guests' needs. I also found out that one of our long time guests and someone I consider a friend finally got housing! It's times like these that I really feel that the work we're doing is making an impact and we're getting closer and closer to finally solving this issue.