My Sister’s Place Women’s Shelter : Volunteerism [Baltimore Photographer]

Good karma is coming my way…..any minute now  🙂
Yesterday, my girlfriends and I (10 of us total) spent a few hours at My Sister’s Place Women’s Shelter under the direction of Miss Jerrie, who runs the kitchen there.  We had baked and brought with us, 6 lasagnas, made a huge salad, garlic bread, brownies & lemonade, enough to feed 80 women and children.  We prepared for the lunch crowd, peeled potatoes for the night’s dinner meal, and from 12-1pm, we served the 67 women & 5 children who came in.   Some of us formed the assembly line, and dished out the grub, and some of us were the runners, who delivered it to the tables, while drinks were served, and dishes were washed. 
“Lovely Ladies/Hotties in Hairnets”  Miss Jerrie dubbed us the Lovely Ladies, and we had to  live up to this name by coming back to see her.  This was the second time our group has volunteered at MSP, and the feeling was the same – good times with our friends & feeling good about giving back.  The first time we volunteered was a Sunday breakfast, and we brought donuts & orange juice to compliment the meal that was being served by the kitchen.  All they got was a sausage patty, and fruit cocktail.   So we decided that we were going to bring the entire meal this time, to ensure they were getting a hearty, delicious Italian-style meal.  Several of the ladies came up to us, sincerely thanking us, and letting us know that the food was delicious.  The really tough part was seeing the kids – heartbreaking really.
I challenge each of you reading this to get involved with an organization – ANY organization – even for just an hour of your time.   It’s so easy, it doesn’t have to cost you anything but your time, and let’s face it – we can all use the good karma, right?!
If you need help looking for an organization, here is the Catholic Charities website, where you can search for the type of volunteer work you want to do, as well as the area.  http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/volunteer/

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  1. Trevor Dayley

    March 28th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    That is an awesome experience. Thanks for sharing. You are right – Good Karma is coming your way!

  2. natalia

    March 28th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Teri you are such an inspiration!!! thanks for sharing this experience with us! I’m looking for a place to volunteer today!! I want good karma too!! lol

  3. Feuza

    March 29th, 2011 at 2:02 am

    this is awesome, I need to do more of this, it is so great to give back!

  4. Tasra Dawson

    March 29th, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Good for you! Looks like it was a great experience for everyone!

  5. aiesha ajibade

    July 30th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I COME 2 MY SISTERSPLACE TO EAT LUNCH AND DINNER WITH MY DAUGHTER JAMAYA EVERY OTHER DAY I GREET PEOPLE AND BE RESPECTFULL AND THEN THEY WANNA TUNE ME OUT ALOTTA WOMEN THAT COME TO MYSISTERSPLACE ARE RUDE DISRESPECTFULL IMMATURE GOIN THU THERE OWN PERSONAL PROBLEM IM TIRED OF THE SMALL PORTIONS WE GET TO EAT WE ARENT IN A JAIL FACILITY THIS IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IM NOT HOMELESS @ ALL WE SHOULD HAVE LARGER PORTIONS OF FOOD BREAD WITH EVERY MEAL RULES PEOPLE HAVE TO ABIDE BY AND BETTER VOLUNTEER STAFF . AND HAVE PRAYER AND SAY GRACE BEFORE THE MEAL I GO TO FRANSICIAN CENTER THEY HELP U WITH MULTIPLE THINGS GETTING YA MARYLAND STATE ID EXPUNGEMENT FOOD FROM THE PANTRY CLOTHES SHOES HYGIEN PRODUCTS BUSTOKENS I LOVE IT THERE THE PEOPLE ARE VERY NICE TO US THEY DONT TREAT US BADLY .

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