Goodbye from Hannah

By Hannah Pommersheim  

Case Management Aide

AmeriCorps Member

Today is my last day working at Trinity Center. I can’t quite believe these 11 months have gone by so quickly. My time at Trinity Center has been such a rich one.

I came here last September with no previous experience with Case Management. As Kurt always reminded me, I was a “newbie.” Yet in these 11 months, I feel as though I’ve absorbed a lifetime of lessons. I have learned so much from the Trinity staff, volunteers and neighbors about teamwork, boundaries and perseverance. I’ve grown as a person and as a professional.

IMAG0471As I think about leaving Trinity Center, I am grateful for so many things, but most of all, I am thankful for relationships. Whether celebrating a success or discussing a setback, I am so grateful to have been let into your lives and given a chance to walk with you for a while. I hope my presence has been helpful in some way. 

You might think that since I stand behind a desk with a name tag on, I am the one helping you. But you’d be mistaken if you think our relationship is one sided. You all have helped me grow and learn. Thank you for being my teachers. Thank you for sharing a bit of your stories with me. Thank you for sharing your joy and your heartache with me. I will hold those stories close to my heart.

All who are part of the Trinity Center community are accustomed to saying goodbye, often sooner than we wished. A lot of people pass through our doors. We have interns for a short while and volunteers who come and go as they can. In my time here, we have said goodbye to two long time staff members. There are neighbors who I got used to seeing every day, and then all of a sudden they wouldn’t be back and often I would not know the reason.

 At first I drove myself crazy with wondering what happened to people. How did their stories continue? How are they doing now? There were so many unanswered questions and loose ends. But if I’ve gleaned any wisdom from my time here, it is this: We must let go, and learn to settle into the ambiguity and get comfortable with the not knowing.

As I leave Trinity, I know I will continue to have questions about people’s stories, to wonder how people are doing and what’s new. When I think of well-loved neighbors and begin to wonder where they are, all I can do is wish them light and love when they cross my mind. And that is what I will continue to do when I leave – wish you all light and love. It has been a privilege walking with you for a short while. Even though today is my last day, I want you all to know that you will remain in my heart. And when your name or face pops into my mind tomorrow or years from now, I will wish you light and happiness, wherever you are on your journey.