One World CaresAugust 20th, 2010
People from all over the world come to SF and the Bay Area to visit and to live. In fact, meeting folks who were actually born here is rarer than not. The Tenderloin, with its significant 1st generation Immigrant population only amplifies our global community. Our guests, volunteers, and staff naturally reflect this diversity. Personal connection to what’s going on all over the world can typically be found in the lives of St. Anthony Foundation community members. In this spirit of the REAL World Web, our hearts go out to the people of Pakistan who are suffering desperately from the massive flooding—estimated to be affecting 20 million people!
Far from being insulated from global affairs, our community members are integrally linked. Frequently I hear from our dedicated volunteers how moved they are by those, who struggling with enormous challenges of their own are quite tuned in to far reaching events and are very concerned about the welfare of others. And just as often, I hear from volunteers how it is that serving others in need helps them to cope with their own personal challenges.
Being here at St. Anthony’s is a daily and genuine reminder that the heart doesn’t shrink with caring—it expands, and seems only to be more intent on doing what we can to care for each other and to recognize our “family” locally and world-wide.