“My name is Justin Thomas. I work for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. When you have been with the company for seven years, you get a Sabbatical, which involves an entire month away from work! One of the weeks needed to involve professional development or community service, so I decided to help the Center of Grace. I worked with another volunteer, Gary, to expand the clothing closet and create a separate area for the home goods. This involved cutting an opening in the wall that separates the two rooms and moving the home goods to the other room. Once we were done, we reattached the clothing racks, painted the opening, and moved lots of other large items to the various rooms in the basement. I am not a super handy person, but I learned I have more skills than I thought! Overall, it was refreshing to unplug from work and have a full week to volunteer. I enjoyed working with the staff at the Center of Grace. I also took great pride in our work, knowing that we helped create additional space to continue expanding the clothing and home goods selections for families.”
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