Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Volunteer Story: Bill

In Soup Kitchen Stories, Volunteer Stories on October 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Bill Frick quoteWhen Bill retired six years ago, he knew he wanted to stay busy and keep a sense of purpose in his life.  After a full professional life as a massage therapist and vocational counselor, he decided to go to a volunteer fair to see what options were available to keep his days  meaningful. It was there that he  was introduced to Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen where he’s become a familiar face ever since.

“I signed up for volunteering here, and I’ve never needed to volunteer any where else,” Bill remarks, “There’s something for everybody here. At first I volunteered  five days a week, doing different things. When I started, I usually had the job of carrying the trays back to the kitchen.”

These days, even though he’s volunteering, “only two or three days a week”, Bill’s one of the first volunteers here on those mornings. That’s because as an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, his job is to welcome the approximately sixty others volunteers, introduce new ones to the soup kitchen, and assign each of them one of the many jobs that’s essential to making the two hour meal  run smoothly. His experience volunteering in many of the roles at the soup kitchen, combined with his experience as a vocational counselor seems makes Bill a natural at this job, ensuring that ensure  that each assignment  matches and accommodates each volunteer’s unique needs and skills.

“It’s a privilege to be here,” Bill says, “I like helping to welcome volunteers and make them feel comfortable.”

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has become the  bedrock in Bill’s day to life and his consistent presence helps not only our volunteers feel comfortable, but gives our guests that sense of community and stability  it can be so hard to find elsewhere in their lives.

“It’s a great social place for me, that’s important,” Bill remarks. “The other volunteers are important to me, socially. They’ve become my friends. And you know there are guests who start to volunteer. That’s always great to see happen.”

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