La Posada prides itself on the motto, “Welcoming the stranger, making a difference” and this has been exemplified by the various student volunteers from the Social Work program at Texas Southmost College (TSC). With the collaboration of Professor Martha Warburton, La Posada has had student volunteers make a tremendous impact on the staff and clients. As a volunteer myself, I have been so grateful to work in collaboration with staff members who tirelessly work to safeguard the future of the clients. When I am here, it is not about me, it is about how my actions impact the multitude of people here. For the long-term clients, having regular volunteers visit them every week signals that someone cares and that they are not forgotten. Becoming familiar with some of the guests here was unexpected yet I wholly welcomed it.
As a social work major, I am sure I can speak for most of my peers when I say this experience has reinforced the altruistic mission of the profession. Helping out in a wide array of tasks, be it prepping the dormitories for new clients or assisting Sister Therese with her daily ESL classes, holds the same meaning for me—engaging in any activity that works to benefit the client population is more than fulfilling. Having the real-world context that embodies the professional value of service has been an invaluable experience, truly. The aura of hope and resilience that fills the atmosphere of La Posada continues to inspire me every day.
Social Work Student
Clients assisted from July 1, 2021 – April 23, 2022 (Fiscal Year):
Clients assisted from April 16, 2022- April 23, 2022:
The following nine (9) Countries of Origin are represented in April