Our mission of creating community with no ‘us and them’ is something that can be seen every day here at Wayside if you have your eyes and heart open. A woman who had never been to Wayside before arrived early to an appointment one day this week and spent 15 minutes in our Community Services Centre, simply watching the various activities and interactions happening. When later asked about our mission, she said she saw it spring to life while she was waiting. She told us how a visitor had been joking around with the volunteers on the front desk when a young woman walked up to the counter. The young woman asked for help because she had been attacked the night before and had to wait for some time before seeing the police. She had nowhere else to go and no one to turn to. The volunteers leapt into action and a staff member was there within seconds, discreetly guiding the young woman into a room to offer guidance and support. The visitor who had been joking around was now quiet and said to the volunteers, “If it wasn’t for Wayside, where would she go?” The woman who saw it unfold and later recounted the story was only there for a tiny window of time but was able to see the Wayside mission in full effect. It’s stories like this that lift me up and remind me that there is so much goodness in our community.
Thanks for being part of our inner circle,
Pastor & CEO