As all Americorps members must, Brianna Ehler is ending her year-long service with us. During her time here, she has helped run the Center, met with clients and generally endeared herself to everyone with her passion and sunny disposition. In her own words, she says goodbye.
By Brianna Ehler
Endings are a time of reflection – and as I reflect on my time at Trinity Center, I am left speechless. I have never found myself at a loss for words. I have sat down time and time again to reflect on my time at Trinity Center, and I will type and type and then all of a sudden I decide that these words aren’t good enough and I begin again. There are no words that will encompass my experience at Trinity – but I will try.
I am leaving Trinity Center with my heart on fire. The people I have met have filled my heart with so much love and compassion it’s unbelievable. I remember the first day I walked into the center, ready to help but nervous. My brain wouldn’t stop thinking, “Are they going to like me?” “Will I be helpful?”
Reflecting on those thoughts, it’s amazing how much my mind has changed. I get to come to work every day and hang out with at least 60 of my friends. I feel so grateful to be brought into this family that has been created at Trinity. It is truly amazing to watch and be a part of this community. People genuinely care about each other.
Our neighbors have little to no material possessions, but they are always willing to give anything they have to someone in greater need. There have been times when I’ve come to work in not such a great mood, but five minutes inside, I have neighbors giving me hugs and support. Each day has been such a blessing.
The people I have met at Trinity Center will be in my heart forever. Before I came here, I was pretty sure I wanted to work with people experiencing homelessness, but I am leaving knowing that it is definitely my calling. The work I have done with clients has been so rewarding, and being in the center every day has filled me with joy. Any time I think I have a reason to complain about how hot it is or how stressed I am, I am reminded that I have a place to call home. Saying goodbye to all my friends will be one of the toughest things I’ve had to do, but I know they are in good hands.
Thank you Trinity for all you have done for me. Thank you for challenging me, loving me and supporting me. I have grown so much with all of your help, and I will miss everyone so dearly.