Hello! I’m Emily, a 17 year-old second child of a lovely large family from Jefferson City, Missouri. For a while I had been thinking about what I would do after my graduation. College seemed the obvious answer, but I had a feeling God wasn’t calling me straight there. After much prayer and through the help of a friend, I stumbled upon Heart’s Home. I won’t say I fell instantly in love, but while I was reading about countless other organizations, this one stayed in the back of my mind, and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t stop thinking about it! After a lot more prayer, I knew I was being called by God to take up this gorgeous mission; the purest and most wonderful form of love in action.
I currently attend Helias Catholic, a local high school deeply rooted in Catholic values. I love animals, perpetual adoration, and especially painting. I feel God must be a painter, for the world is draped with such astounding beauty and color and joy with just a hint, an echo, of divinity. His most beautiful creation, however, is humanity, and I have always felt drawn to those who were suffering, those who had lost hope, and those who want so badly to feel God’s love. I want to love these most precious of God’s people fully without holding back any of myself, to be a channel of the most pure and glorious Love of Jesus. I want to be a tangible presence of this Love to them, and what better place to do this than at the foot of the Cross? I am going to go to them and sit with them, cry with them, laugh with them, and love them, all in the name and through the power of Jesus with the aid of Mary, our Mother. Heart’s Home truly is the perfect opportunity to completely devote myself to God through the beautiful forgotten of the Earth, and to restore to them the hope and dignity that is the right of every human being. I have been given everything, and now it is time I give back everything I am.