Volunteering - The Shepherd's Godparent Home

March 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Below is a post I shared on my Facebook page in December 2017, regarding my volunteer work with a local ministry. I love being a part of the good work being done locally. Do you volunteer? Leave me a comment and tell me what you're up to!

 

My heart thrives on bringing joy and meeting the needs of others. It could be something as simple as making a home cooked meal or a special treat for my family; sharing a genuine compliment with an unsuspecting recipient; giving to others where I can at no cost to them, whether that be items that no longer serve a purpose in my home, money, basic necessities or it could even be a coffee at the drive thru; or one of my favorites… providing a comfortable and fulfilling experience that culminates with beautiful portraits of you and/or your family. Life gets busy... so busy with family, kids, school, work, activities, etc. Sometimes, finding the opportunity to give back feels like a chore and one more thing we’re trying to tick off the mounting list of responsibilities we have at the beginning of each day.

 

But, when you get to do something for someone else in a genuine, heartfelt way… When the gift you give comes back to bless you in ways you never expected. Those are the times when giving, isn’t hard. Those are the times when giving, is easy. Sure it might be nerve wracking and scary at first when you don’t know what to expect. But, taking a small risk of stepping outside your comfort zone to meet a small desire of someone else’s heart; there’s no comparison to that.

 

For almost a year now, I’ve been on the call list as a volunteer photographer for the Shepherd’s Godparent Home and Nikki’s Hope in Bangor, ME. The Shepherd’s Godparent Home is a no cost residential shelter for young women who are pregnant and in crisis. Nikki’s Hope is their parenting transition apartment where mom and baby can stay for a period of time while permanent housing is secured. What I love about this place is that they offer women hope, healing, safety/security, opportunity, understanding, wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment to pick them up and move them forward with love, compassion, and care. The Shepherd’s Godparent Home and Nikki’s Hope is truly a ‘hand-up’ and NOT a ‘hand-out’. They serve to make strong, self-sufficient, healthy moms and babies.

 

As the one year mark draws near I feel truly blessed to have met the women and children I have through this ministry. To hear their stories of what brought them here and to watch their growth as they progress is remarkable. Being able to preserve some of the most precious moments that can occur during pregnancy and that first year of life is a joy. But, to be able to capture those moments for someone who may otherwise not have the opportunity… to be able to show them “you are beautiful,” “you are strong,” “your body can do miraculous things,” and now you have given life to this perfect little being that will only be this little for moments. To give that kind of gift is so fulfilling. Preserving a memory, a snapshot in time to be treasured and loved for years to come. That brings me joy. That fills my heart. That is what keeps me on that volunteer list. No, not everyone is going to choose me. And that’s ok. But for those that have and for those that do, I hope they know that the time we have together blesses me just as much as I hope it blesses you.

 

Thank you, to all my Mommas past, present, and future; for sharing with me your strength and perseverance. Oh…and your baby snuggles too!

 

Nikki

Humble Sight Photography

 

For more information about The Shepherd’s Godparent Home and Nikki’s Hope, or to see their Shelter Wish List, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheShepherdsGodparentHome


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