Celina - Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry, Baltimore
"As my first impressions sank in, I asked myself what I was doing here, once again reflecting on the questions that had been posed to me months prior to arrival. Now, I was here in Baltimore and the reality of my year of service was beginning to unfold. I think service has become a buzz word in our society, sometimes glamourized as the 'thing' to do. For a long time, I held this perception of service as well; service equaled action. Throughout my college experience, on weeklong service trips, my view changed. I began to understand, the concept of ministry of presence. During my time with BSVM, my understanding of service has continued to expand and grow. With my community members, service is integrated into the very heart of everything that we do. Serving within my ministry placement site at the Women's Resource Center is also a daily lesson in evaluating and reevlauating the meaning of service. I am beginning to understand that through serving here we have the opportunity to see a place forgotten by many, a place many people touring Baltimore will never visit. Service is not about creating something out of nothing, but about being present enough to actually see the life hidden by claims that there is nothing here and honoring this life and the lives of those we meet."