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A New Friend This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   A shut-in is a person who is not able to leave his/her home. The reason they can't leave their home could be many, but is usually a medical one.

Because I love to do volunteer work, I joined the Social Service Volunteer Program at school. The Social Service Volunteer Program gives students a chance to do 30 hours of volunteer work and get half a credit for it. Student can visit the elderly, be a big brother or sister, work in animal shelters, the day care center, or at the library. For me, SSVP gave me a new friend.

The lady I visit is named Shirley. Before my first visit, I was really nervous about meeting Shirley; I didn't know what to expect. But once again (as always) I was worried about nothing. During my first visit, I found her to be a kind, gentle lady.

I try to visit Shirley at least once a week. We have had so much to talk about. Our conversations include discussions on crime, drugs, snakes, potato-picking, and the Catholic faith. I have a very strong faith, so it is nice to talk to someone about it. A month after I started to visit her, I became a Eucharist Minister, which is pretty cool because now I get to bring her Communion every week.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy visiting someone much older than me. It's nice to listen to their opinions on life's little (and big) subjects. Their gentle wisdom kind of sticks with ya. fl


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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