Over the past six years, Margaret Cantwell has become one of those frontline volunteers whose tremendous energy and compassion have helped transform FYFB.
A constant presence, Margaret recently shared her thoughts about what makes FYFB such a special place, and the depth of meaning that lies behind the thousands of volunteer hours she and others serve helping people in need.
"FYFB has changed tremendously since I came here. It has been a long road and a lot of work, but this is a great place. There is an individual connection at FYFB, a depth of caring for people. I feel we're all on the same page.
FYFB gives people a context to understand poverty. Growing up, I had no real understanding of poverty. You can imagine it, but when I came here, it became a reality for me.
I'm always amazed at the skills of our clients. You wonder how they get here. It helps you to just accept people where they are.
All the resources are in place to help people, but they still need help putting it all together. It's not just about hunger. You have to get to know each person and their needs. It's a lot of work.
With our clients, we need to be here all the time. And they need to know we are here. Consistency is very important. Be here for them, and they keep coming back until they are ready to move on. It's great to see the success of our help as our clients move up and out into the community."