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.