Khortnie Neal, volunteer at homeless shelter
"Not only was I able to impact the community by volunteering, but even more so the community has had an enormous impact on me. My opinions of impoverished individuals and the circumstances which lead to poverty have been transformed and enlightened. Through SSP I was able to meet and befriend a variety of diverse individuals from various backgrounds who I otherwise wouldn't have encountered. SSP did not only cause me to get out of my comfort zone, but also to expand it, enabling me to serve to a greater degree."
Nitesh Patel, volunteer at free clinic
"This semester, SSP gave me a fantastic opportunity to get volunteering experience related to my goal of becoming a doctor...it felt good to be part of a group of people who were actively trying to further the Kingdom [of God] by providing free health care services to the impoverished people of the area... [Additionally,] volunteering is a major component that medical schools consider when reviewing applications, and the structured form of SSP kept me accountable."
Laura Duce, mentor to inner city teenagers
"SSP has changed my life. Not to be cheesy, but my involvement...has given me a direction for my future. Work in the inner city isn't always instant gratification. Most days it's hard work, and it feels like no one notices the effort. It's the little moments of hope and happiness that make it all worth it. Once, I had had a particularly hard day with the girls...I asked the main question of the lesson, 'how does God see you?' They didn't know what to say. So I rephrased it, 'God sees you the way I do. How do I see you?' One girl spoke up, 'You are always telling us we are beautiful, so maybe that way?' Those are the moments that make it all worth it."