This Month’s Featured Volunteer:Hugh Lynch
In recent months, many new volunteers have become involved in the home. Throughout 2011, we will share their stories and experiences.
In November, Hugh began to volunteer at the home as part of a course requirement. It wasn’t long before a coursework turned into an ongoing interest.
Hugh is a student in The Athenaeum of Ohio’s Lay Pastoral Ministry program. (The Athenaeum houses Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and offers lay formation programs.) As part of his field education experience, he was required to volunteer 100 hours in a service or faith-based organization. Hugh served under the supervision of our chaplain, Fr. Cyprian Berens, OFM.
“Before I started volunteering here, I knew of the Little Sisters of the Poor from the San Pedro, California home where I attended events. Now that I’m volunteering here at St. Paul’s Home, I’m getting to know the mission up close and personal,” Hugh shared. “I can see the Residents’ and Sisters’ happiness firsthand. They really care for one another like family.”
When asked what he hopes to gain from the experience, Hugh shared, “To become a better listener.” He’s has had many opportunities to listen as Residents share their memories of Cincinnati, life and family. “Maybe it’s an advantage that I’m closer in age to the Residents. We share history and knowledge of our generation.”
2011 has just begun, and Hugh has become a welcome friend among the Residents who look forward to seeing him in physical therapy or the chapel.
His advice to those interested in volunteering at the home: “Step outside your comfort zone. Take the opportunity to come, visit a Resident, get started.”
Thank you Hugh!
Photo: Hugh enjoys a lunchtime visit with Resident, Charlotte Nies.