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Time On My Hands

Volunteering at the Mission filled a void for Scott.

For the past 20 years, Scott has been a faithful supporter of Nashville Rescue Mission. Receiving monthly issues of the Heart of the Mission newsletter in the mail had been his primary source of connecting with us.

“I’ve been a pilot for a long time,” shared Scott. “When the virus hit, my work saw an enormous drop-off. I love flying and miss working. But thanks to COVID-19, I’m getting a trial run at retirement.”

Scott had hoped to spend some of this time with his son, but he’s away at college and lives on campus. “With all the restrictions, I haven’t been able to see him or attend his races to watch him run in person,” shared Scott. “It’s left me kind of empty.”

With a lot of time on his hands and not a lot of places to go, Scott decided, “Instead of just writing checks, I’m going to go down to the Mission so I can see what this is all about.”

After his first experience, Scott exclaimed, “I should have done this a long time ago! It’s been a very positive experience for me. And it makes me want to keep going back to volunteer more.”

While Scott gives to other organizations and has also volunteered at some of the places he supports, he says the best part of volunteering at the Mission, is the different people he has met.

“I might not be able to attend my son’s races,” shared Scott, “but I’ve made some new friends at the Mission. The uplifting stories I’ve heard from other volunteers and men working in the kitchen as part of their recovery program have inspired me.”

Scott says he’s happy to serve where he can meet the people he’s helping face to face. “I’ve seen how the men encourage each other, pray with and for each other, brother helping brother—I’m grateful for the experience.”

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