Throughout my life and career, it’s been a priority to find a city, a community, and make a home. Many things go into that, and I feel contribution is a big part. My wife and I raise our children in a home of faith. We’re always looking to learn new lessons and improve who we are, to pass that on to our son and daughter. Likewise, impacting the lives of the people around us is one critical way to put that into action. I’m proud to call Nashville that community I’ve had the honor to call home for the last five years, and for many more in the future. Working in broadcast news, you have the pleasure to meet people from all walks of life, and also the weighted responsibility to share their stories. Often those stories are experiences of struggle or suffering. This is one of many reasons why it’s my mission to connect with these wonderful humans, beyond my duties as a journalist.
“Nashville Rescue Mission is impacting the lives of our neighbors on a wide variety of levels.”
During my first opportunity volunteering at Nashville Rescue Mission, I immediately learned something important. It wasn’t my expectation that day, but it came across loud and clear, like my toddlers waking me up in the morning! The level of gratitude and appreciation shown by those I served on that Thanksgiving Day in Nashville, is something I will always carry with me. Each person came through the serving line with a smile; I can still see their faces beaming. Nothing would get in the way of their happiness that day. It was my intention to offer a kind gesture, a word of encouragement, but in the end, I walked away fulfilled.
Many days it may be food or water, a warm place to stay, or sound counseling—but whatever it’s doing on the surface—Nashville Rescue Mission is impacting the lives of our neighbors on a wide variety of levels. I think of it as an oasis in the desert, situated adjacent to downtown, providing care to a population with a great need. Our city is a better place because of it; I see the proof on a consistent basis.
“I jump at the chance to volunteer at the Mission. I show up to see them, and it’s my goal to convey that. I appreciate the workers who allow me to give back to my community. I know where my next meal is coming from—most of us do—but it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that we are not all so fortunate.”
I’m excited for the next time I’ll serve. I look forward to the smiles I’ll encounter, knowing I’m one small part of it.