Although the Friary was already underway, it took work to get a group of people together to help the organization out. We first had to decide what and when exactly we were going to provide support. Because the Friary is a completely non-profit organization, donations of not only items and money but also time are needed to keep it running. After deciding that a dinner would be a nice project, we then had to come up with recipes and people to bring all of the different items to cook. On the day that we actually prepared the meal, many different participants including myself cooked, set up, served, and cleaned up from the meal.
Even if we were only helping a select group of needy people, I feel that our help has impacted them in a very positive way. One woman was spending her last night at the Friary the night that we served the lasagna. This proved to me that volunteering does make a difference. She saw how good life could be with a little work and managed to secure an appartment and a full-time job. She is just one of the many success stories that have come from that house.