Hey all! My name is Victoria D. and I am the current intern for Kate Fischer!
I am currently “manning the desk” while Kate is out and about getting people situated and giving a tour! Growing up as a kid the Open Door Mission was a name that was often talked about in my house. I can recall my sister and I calling in on Sunday nights to hear the bible story for the week. The real thing though that really kept me involved with giving was my mom’s hard work to make sure my sister and I grew up with volunteer hearts no matter our situation. When looking for internships I knew that this was a place on the top of my list. I had an old babysitter that I knew worked at the mission currently so she was my first person of contact when I began trying to track down an internship possibility. After a whirlwind of emails between Candace, Kate, myself I ended up with an email within a matter of a few hours! Once I read the email offering me the internship I ran around in circles, jumped up and down, screamed for joy, cried a little, and called everyone that I thought would want to know!
My first day Kate asked me what I wanted to do, what I hoped to accomplish in my time here to which I quickly responded to with “Everything, I want to do every job, there’s probably not enough time to do that but that’s exactly what I want to do!” Kate’s response was “PERFECT!” Once my training began Kate quickly told me that it was “baptism by fire around here” since every day is a new experience with a whole new set of situations. I have come to hold this saying as being 100% true. It was a bit disorienting my first few days with me learning so much about the day to day operations but I have begun to settle in and actually feel confident in my position and duties. Each day I am amazed by God’s hand in not only other people’s lives but my own. Something of Kate’s that has impacted me is that whenever someone asks her how she is doing her response is blessed no matter what kind of day she has had or is expecting. She does this to remind herself that no matter how bad or tough her day has been she has a great deal to be thankful for. This has rubbed off on me and made me aware of this as well. Now when I go home I see what I have and not what I want, what I can give and don’t need to take.
In the end I have loved every day so far and I’m only about a third of the way through my internship! I love that I am making an impact on other people’s lives; that I am starting to make a difference in my community. I look forward to come in each day because there is always something new to learn, to see, to hear, and to experience. While sometimes it can be draining, it is well worth it when I consider the people I am helping and the knowledge that I am gaining. The inner connected web of people and agencies that all work together towards a common goal is amazing and quite honestly humbling. I can’t help but see the love and commitment that the people working here have towards the God, the guests, each other, and the mission. The work that the mission is doing is astounding and I pray daily that it will continue to do God’s work and that it will prosper. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity that I have been given in being here and blessed to be working with these men and women of God.
Well this has just been a short synopsis of my experience so far and I look forward to the rest of it! I now must go help with lunch so have a blessed rest of the day!