group in front of Ellis Memorial daycare center
Today was very long and exhausting, but very meaningful at the same time. We first went to the Pine Street Inn
, which is a shelter for homeless people to sleep and eat. I snapped green beans for 2 hours in the kitchen, preparing for the next meal that the homeless people would eat. It was very tedious work, and I developed calluses on my fingers from snapping so many beans. A company donated 40 crates of beans to Pine Street Inn to serve, which meaned that all the beans had to be snapped. The chef at first told us that we had to go through 4 crates each. However, this turned out to just be a way to motivate us to go fast, as it was a very slow job, and we each ended up only snapping beans in one crate each. The chef was very friendly and hilarious, with joke after joke and pun after pun.
We worked in the kitchen with Pine Street Inn culinary students who were homeless at one point and were now training to work in the culinary business (one of the many great programs offered at Pine Street). We watched a video on all of Pine Street's many helpful programs and took a tour of the large facilities. It was a huge complex, and unfortunately because it was so big, some of the accomodations for the homeless were quite prison like, with numbers in front of each bed painted on the floor.We learned that Pine Street is a "Wet Shelter," which means that people can come in while they are drunk and grab a bed, rather than just be kicked out. I found that really nice, because I'm sure many men who have alcohol problems are not let in, and have to suffer outside in the cold. We then went to Dunkin Donuts as a group, which was really nice, because we were completely exhausted and needed some caffeine in our systems so we could work with children! We went to Ellis Memorial
Daycare center and played with low-income 2-4 year olds.
They were napping when we came in, and were tired for a little while, but it soon wore off and there energy was quite apparent! I got to read spring books to 2 girls that were sitting on my lap named Jordan and Cat. All of the kids loved getting their pictures taken! We made caterpillar, leaf, and butterfly art projects with the kids, which they enjoyed. After a wonderful time at Ellis Memorial, it was time to leave and meet up with the rest of the group at a Mexican restaurant, El Pelon Taqueria
. I got a strawberry Mexican soda and a grilled steak burrito. It was fabulous, and very rewarding after such an exhausting day. We then went to an interactive tomb puzzle, which was a lot of fun. It was created by MIT graduates, and featured 4 rooms with many traps, lights, moving objects, puzzles, smoke, water, etc. We had to work as a group to figure out many different puzzles. After, we went to Coldstone Creamery for some very filling ice cream. What an amazing day.