My experience with Life Together is intertwined in my life daily. In my role as a case manager for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and in my home living with my roommates. Life Together taught me the importance of community, communication, compassion, and seeing God in everyone you meet. I work with some of the most amazing and challenging people I have ever met. I try to make every client I work with feel like they are apart of my community. Life Together has given me the strength and the patience to see past people's initial hesitancy to trust someone they don't know. I currently live with two of my roommates from the Life Together house I lived in and we still use some of our old house rules. We have weekly house dinners and meetings to keep connected.
One saying I learned in the Life Together program has been echoing through my head this fall, six years after I started my year at 40 Prescott Street: "Your calling is to work where your greatest desire and the world's deepest need intersect."
Even as an employee at a 70,000-strong technology corporation, and as an MBA student a little halfway past done with my degree, this phrase speaks urgently to me. I have not figured out what I want to do with my life. Sometimes the world's tragedies still seem so many - war, racism, sexual violence, mental illness, hunger, lack of upward mobility, political gridlock - that I question what my desire and prayers for peace can ever accomplish. Yes, I want to be a person whose faith draws her to righteous, loving action. But when I'm running back and forth between a high tech office during the day and income statements at night, that kind of action admittedly feels unreachable.