Feb 27, 2010  |     |   General

I joined the staff of the Garland Thompson Men’s Center several weeks ago, leaving a trade I had been involved in for thirty one years. As a volunteer for Open Door Mission for many years, I thought I knew the ins and outs fairly well. Very quickly, I found I was mistaken. I knew the staff had a heart for the homeless; but then I saw their tears of compassion for those in need. I saw men others would call unlovable, reach out and help me with my day to day projects. I saw these men take pride in their labor, and I was proud of them.

As I learn more everyday, I know I will share with them one constant. Do you know how you have blessed me? Not many can say they loved their trade for thirty one years, only to have God put you where your heart knew you should be. I’ll never call it a job again. Thank you.

Pat McKernan
Garland Thompson Men’s Director