“CrossRoads helped me open up to a lot of new experiences, whether it was volunteering, getting to know someone new, or just being myself around other people.”
At CrossRoads, there weren’t any electronics, so you get to know the people you’re spending time with. The first two days of retreat we spent time with refugees and immigrants at Catholic Charities. The next two days we spent time with adults with developmental disabilities at Active Day. Later in the week we had dinner with immigrants at Casa Latina Catholic Worker and a meal at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen with people who were experiencing homelessness.
Through this experience, I met a variety of people. When we went places you would sit down and get to know a person and their story. One of the people who had the biggest impact on me was someone I met at Active Day. He had a developmental disability but he could tell you anything you would want to know about sports--any sport or any player. He and I really got along.
Before I went on this trip I didn’t have a lot of hope that I would enjoy it, because I didn’t know many people that were going with me. But going to CrossRoads helped me open up to a lot of new experiences, whether it was volunteering, getting to know someone new, or just being myself around other people.
My trip to CrossRoads has had a big impact on my life. It’s a really life changing experience.
“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”