Volunteer Profile: Rob in South Texas
“In less than a week, you know people turn into family.”
Full video transcript below:
It’s the people, but it’s also the purpose. You know, demographically we got every category of people around here but at the heart there’s a commonality of every single person who’s here.
Hi, my name is Rob Smith, I’m 54 years old and I’m originally from New Jersey, and I’ve lived a lot of places in between and right now I’m kind of traveling the country and I’d say, probably, Houston is my home at the moment.
In less than a week, you know people turn into family. I think a lot of it is just that downtime at base, you know hanging out outside or hanging out in the kitchen dining area just talking to people and getting to experience those friendships In the course of doing what we get to do here – is to me the biggest thing I’ll take away from here. And probably also why it’s also so hard to leave here.
To see these folks, young and old alike learning skill sets that, they pick it up, they take it, they learn it, they think they never thought they could do this, I’m sure in many cases and they now own that skill for life. They can take it back they’re gonna more confidence in things they do in other places, and just getting to see them grow getting to see them learn… I love helping other people learn new things, and be with them, and help them, get to know them get to understand their story where they’re trying to get to you know if I can be a part of helping them get there… I don’t know what’s more fulfilling than that.
I’m grateful for this place, you know we talk about we’re volunteering we’re supposed to be giving – you know we are. But I’m getting way more than I’m giving.