Kirsten got her start volunteering with HomeAgain in 2002 when her middle school church group visited the Espigh Family Shelter. After experiencing the impact volunteering has on HomeAgain clients as well as herself, Kirsten and her mom continued to volunteer weekly until she left for college. At age 16, Kirsten received a grant focused on children’s literacy. She chose to use the awarded funds to create a special children’s book about experiencing homelessness, which each child at the shelter received upon entry, along with a teddy bear to call their own.
“It was a huge part of who I grew into,” Kirsten says about her time spent volunteering when she was younger. Over the years, Kirsten has eagerly helped wherever needed – engaging with the children residents during craft night, making beds and staffing the shelter’s front desk. After graduating college, Kirsten continued to prioritize volunteering in her adult life. Recently married and employed full-time, Kirsten says,“It’s hard to find time, but if you treat it like part of your routine, it becomes normal. It’s a good normal to have.”
Thanks Kirsten, for fighting to end homelessness at HomeAgain for nearly 20 years!