Because of our strong working relationships with some fifteen local colleges, universities, and seminaries, many of our classes are taught by students and their instructors. Our women and men benefit from the knowledge of our volunteer student teachers while the students gain valuable, real world experience that will pay dividends long after graduation. Instructor Lindsay Eubanks of Brown Mackie College explained, “We feel so blessed to have been able to teach life skills classes at Hotel Louisville. As occupational therapy assistant students, my students were able to integrate their classroom skills to make a difference in the lives of others. Judging by the hugs and smiles I saw, I know that we were affected as much, if not more, than the women we were able to serve.”
Jacqueline, an OTA student, agreed saying, “I am thankful for the experience in this type of setting. It has given me an insight into the many different people and how they react as a group.”
Lauren said she was “so blessed to have worked with all of these lovely women. Every woman in this program put their best foot forward to progress in their recovery and it is a beautiful thing! Stay strong, ladies!”
Of the women in our Sober Living Program, Amanda said, “Thanks so much for all your sharing! We will miss you!” Jen agreed saying, “I’m grateful for this experience! Wayside offers a wonderful recovery program for these ladies.”
Julie summed up the experience by saying, “I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with the ladies in the Sober Living Program. It was very rewarding and educational.”
Our student volunteers play a vital role at Wayside Christian Mission. Besides their knowledge, they bring enthusiasm and a strong sense of caring. By working as a team, we can accomplish much.