By Noah Sadaka and Jamie Starr
(Originally posted by St. Vincent de Paul, one of the oldest social service organizations in Louisville. SVDP Louisville provides compassion and hope for people struggling to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.)
Today will be our third and final time working with the children at the St. Vincent de Paul’s summer program. We are 17 teens from all over the U.S., Canada, and even the Dominican Republic, coming together for six weeks this summer with the American Jewish Society for Service (AJSS).
During our time in Louisville, our group has been helping out wherever we can, from painting homes to working at soup kitchens and helping out at community gardens. We’ve been working at St. Vincent de Paul to brighten the days of the children in the summer program, and to help the teachers who work with them.
In the past three visits with St. Vincent de Paul’s summer program, we helped the kids with reading, counting, participating, and having fun. We’ve had a great time and have made many new little friends. We’re very sad to say goodbye, but we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them and hopefully make a difference in their lives.
St. Vincent de Paul has been an incredible experience for all of us. Working with these children has made us happy, knowing who these children are (and the hardships they may have faced) and what we are doing for them.
We also learned about the other facets of St. Vincent de Paul, and we are overjoyed to be working with such an amazing organization.
Thanks for letting us help!
Noah and Jamie