I began volunteering at Homestretch last year after reading about the success of its comprehensive approach to helping families who have fled difficult situations or dangerous countries. Over this past year it’s been easy to be overwhelmed by bad news — from refugee crises and dangerous conflicts around the world to natural disasters and inequalities and injustices closer to home — and to conclude that it’s impossible for one person to make a difference. But Homestretch demonstrates that it is possible to make a difference for families who have experienced the worst of the world, including violence in their homes or in their countries. Volunteering as an English tutor, some of the families I’ve met are from countries with challenges most Americans only hear about in the news. I’ve been struck by their bravery and their determination to learn the skills that will help them rebuild their lives. Their perseverance is matched by the purposefulness of committed Homestretch staff, generous donors, and hundreds of volunteers. Homestretch seeks to give its clients hope, but it also gives its volunteers hope by proving that change is possible when determined, dedicated people work together.
Written by Margo Eule-Current Homestretch Volunteer