Life in Racine was relaxed and calm, as was my time with Sr. Lois Aceto, from whom I learned a lot from her experiences. Miss Bodi and Miss Marisol who I worked with, helped me to understand the new reality in which to work, but above all, my time in Racine marked my life with the students. Boys and girls between 14 and 18 years old, eager to be heard, to have a place to meet, to express themselves, to have fun and to learn. Many times, my job was simply to accompany them, listen to them and make them the protagonists. And that very personalized service, where I could reach their hearts, get to know them, and it lives with lights and shadows. The best gift I take with me.
And on the other hand, there are the LVs with who I was able to live with and get to know better. I am very proud of them that they decided to choose this path, for their courage, their character and their service. Nic, without a doubt, and especially the Chicago community, who always accepted us as one of their own. Martin Montoya, an expat like me, who always supported me in this adventure.
No doubt that fear and giddiness at first turned into gratitude. I can say nothing but THANK YOU. I encourage all Lasallians to live an experience like this, to live in the community, to discover the limits of each one and to grow as a person.
I want to thank all the staff. They always supported us and trusted us.
There are no more words to express my gratitude and thanksgiving to ALL those who accompanied us during this year in Racine. Neither the pandemic, nor my plans to finish, nor a month of confinement, nor anything else, will erase that smile on my face every time I remember my experience as a Lasallian Volunteer.