• June 14, 2016

Lucy R. - Costa Rica 2016-2017

Hi everyone!

My name is Lucy, and I grew up in inner city Cincinnati, OH, the second oldest of eight kids. I recently grad­u­ated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in soci­ology and art, where I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the impor­tance of those fields in the wider world. Coming to the real­iza­tion that art serves an impor­tant func­tion in nour­ishing our inte­rior desires for beauty, truth, and good­ness, I real­ized that I wanted to play a role in helping to provide for these things which ulti­mately bring us closer to God.

During col­lege I also spent a lot of time vol­un­teering, learning a lot about the beauty, desires, and needs of the human person, and coming to sim­ilar real­iza­tions about the impor­tance of addressing the inte­rior needs of the person as well as the exte­rior. While working and living alongside the home­less in D.C., I came to under­stand that, despite their abso­lute poverty, the (far) greater need was for imma­te­rial things – to be known, loved, and rec­og­nized as a human being, worthy of dig­nity and respect.

I feel honored to be able to serve other people, and it frankly makes me a truer ver­sion of myself – “(wo)man fully alive.” I knew that, upon grad­u­ating, I wanted to embark on a vol­un­teer ser­vice pro­gram. Stumbling upon Heart’s Home through three com­pletely dif­ferent avenues (once run­ning into a Heart’s Home priest by chance in an art studio in the middle of New York), I dis­cov­ered a beau­tiful apos­to­late of pres­ence that car­ries out the “human” aspect of ser­vice that I had found to be of most sig­nif­i­cance during my vol­un­teer expe­ri­ences. “Artists” in their own right, Heart’s Home vol­un­teers acknowl­edge the beauty and value in people and places that society says have no worth.

To serve another person – to love – is human. If we are made in the image of God, who is love, then to love must be to become more of who we are in our essence, and who we are meant to be.

Heart’s Home will be sending me to Tirrases, Costa Rica, a slum com­mu­nity out­side the cap­ital of San Jose, where they’re in the pro­cess of estab­lishing a brand new Heart’s Home loca­tion. I feel blessed to be a part of this beau­tiful work, and I’m looking for­ward to being a stu­dent of God and humanity, learning how to love and be loved more deeply in this journey ahead.

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