Gratitude in Our Work with Survivors
Jennie Lutz, Residential Care Manager
In this season of gratitude, I am reminded of what a privilege it is to serve our survivors on a day to day basis. To be involved in the day-to-day process of healing and restoration of our residents is an honor and gift to be a part of.
Oftentimes, survivors are stumbling forward. The recovery process is not easy nor linear. But the resilience and grit they have to achieve their dreams and set their goals is something I am thankful for daily. Their resilience inspires me to remain dedicated to my own personal growth and healing, no matter how hard it is or how much effort it takes.
I am thankful for the undeserved opportunity to be walking through the healing process alongside survivors. It is so beautiful to see their transformation from when they first arrive at Blossom House to when they depart. Their commitment to better themselves, learn new skills, and work through their trauma can be a daunting task, but watching survivors go through that process and champion it is the most rewarding part of this job!
I am reminded this holiday season to be thankful throughout all circumstances -
To be thankful for the process a survivor goes through to get a job.
To be thankful for the courage a survivor has to face her trafficker in court.
To be thankful for the healing, little by little, and wound by wound, of survivors and staff while doing this work.
To be thankful for the overwhelming generosity of our donors and volunteers, who commit themselves to our work in so many different facets.
My hope is that wherever you fit in at the Restore Corps family - supporter, donor, volunteer, staff, or survivor - despite all of the heaviness of 2020, that gratitude becomes a pillar in your life representing resilience through suffering.