For the second year we hosted 15 Boston University students from March 8 – 16 for their alternative spring break.
The students were of diverse backgrounds, nationalities and religions. During their stay at St. Martin’s Home, they helped serve meals to the Residents, worked in the Development office, the Social Services office, the library, garden and the Activities Department. The students had the opportunity to participate at Mass with the Little Sisters and Residents and spent an evening socializing with the Singles for Christ group and the Little Sisters. Our Residents especially enjoyed the one-on-one visits with the students. During these visits, the students and Residents bonded deeply, and the students learned so much from the experience and the wisdom of the elderly.
In addition to their service at St. Martin’s Home, the students enjoyed Baltimore, spending two days at the Inner Harbor. At the completion of the week, the very musically talented students put on a performance for the Residents, Little Sisters and staff.
Many of the students said they would truly miss the Residents they grew to love and at their departure on the 16th, many tears were shed.
Reflections on the week at St. Martin’s Home from the Boston University Students.
Volunteering at St. Martin’s Home was an absolute delight! The Sisters, staff and Residents welcomed us into their Home with such love and hospitality. It was truly amazing to spend so much time with the Residents and hear about their lives and interests. I knew I enjoyed volunteering with the elderly before this trip, but my week with the Little Sisters reaffirmed and deepened my love for the elderly. I am so thankful I was able to spend my spring break volunteering with such a beautiful organization.
Kirsten Kuhn, Chaperone
Volunteering at Little Sisters of the Poor in Baltimore was an amazing experience. From the minute I got there I was welcomed into the building as if it were my home. The Sisters were so happy to see us, work with us, and just get to know us. The best part about my week was having the pleasure of sitting and talking with the Residents. I learned something new and important from each person I spoke with. When we first arrived, one of the Sisters told us to remember the difference that we were going to make as we spent time at St. Martin’s Home. She said, though we are not doing grandiose work, it truly is the little things that matter. By the end of the week I realized what she meant. It is wonderful to find God in the little acts of kindness that happen every minute of every day at St. Martin’s Home. I am so grateful to have been a part of this experience.
Elizabeth Binckes, Co-Coordinator