Learning to live with others from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences for some can be the most challenging part of the year, and yet one of the most rewarding.
The community being created is a faith community, and so inclusive of everyone. The volunteers care for one another, and ensure that no one feels excluded, especially in communities of three, where one person could feel on the edge of things. Language can sometimes be a barrier, but also an opportunity to learn something new!
The house belongs to each person assigned there, and so although friends and family are always made to feel welcome, there is always be dialogue with the community about who is coming. Changes in the house are necessary but it is always an agreed responsibility.
Relationships outside are very important, but this year is not the time for a deep involvement with another person. No one must be excluded; everyone must be able to make the house their home.
Vincentian Volunteers are expected to be with one another, and for one another.