Richard started volunteering at SFC in February, and is now one of our regular volunteers during our breakfast program! Richard decided to start volunteering at SFC, because he was inspired by his friend, Friar Benjamin, who recently started missionary work with the Franciscans of Poor of Jesus Christ, a group that brings food to those in Skid Row. Richard wanted to serve the homeless population as well, and chose SFC, as he had heard about the center during an event at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
“It all begins with each of the St Francis Center staff members. Every morning, love starts at the door and comes from the kitchen, pouring labors of love into each bowl of soup,” said Richard.
One of Richard’s favorite parts about volunteering is getting the opportunity to meet new people and build friendships, with our guests, staff, and other volunteers who are also passionate about serving. Although he considers himself more introverted than others, he enjoys breaking out of his shell and getting to know our guests more.
“We think we’re the ones serving the homeless community, but quite often than not, I find that they are the ones who are actually serving me by their kind words, positivity, and warm smiles.”
Richard hopes that SFC will continue to not only be one of Los Angeles’ most renowned sanctuaries of basic needs, but also a place of spiritual healing and reignited passions.
In his free time, Richard enjoys biblical study and getting to know the members of the Catholic community.
Come volunteer at SFC along with Richard!
-Wednesday, May 2: Breakfast (7:00am-9:30am, 4 volunteers)
-Wednesday, May 2: Pantry (9:30am-12:30pm , 7 volunteers)
-Thursday, May 3: Pantry (9:30am-12:30pm, 9 volunteers)
If you are interested in Serving Hope, contact Corinne, firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.747.5347 x 111.