Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Grant Thomas: Artisans Reflection

My service this year with Knights of Gonzaga has been challenging but extremely rewarding. Going into Artisans I didn’t really know what to expect. I had not worked with mentally disabled people before and I was slightly nervous. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable with my mentee, Matthew. While he was noticeably nervous at first, we quickly grew closer. After a few weeks he went from agreeing to whatever I suggested doing (coloring, playing board games, Mario Kart, etc.) to making his own suggestions. The next few weeks were much more enjoyable for both of us. He suggested we play ping pong, which we both liked a lot, and we also colored pictures that he signed and gave to some of his family members. Doing activities that I can tell he enjoys was a big turning point in the friendship. It made me feel like my service was truly appreciated and I feel that I am now making a positive impact on Matthew’s life. Overall the experience has been very positive and I have enjoyed service more than I thought I would. I am fortunate to be a part of Knights and Setons, where one can get so much out of service like Artisans.

-Grant Thomas
Knight of Gonzaga 

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