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Volunteer in the  kitchen
I became a volunteer in Haven House when I felt that I have a few hours which I would like to use somewhere and do something useful. When I retired I understood that a book that I read, or a walk by the seaside could not fulfil my soul. I wanted to give something of my soul to the others. I consider that was the work of God’s Providence. Our Haven House, the day centre, is a home of a family in which people feel good by being together. All of us who volunteer there come to the community to give ourselves, by saying something positive, by offering a bowl of soup. I do not know how much I mean to them, to the clients, but whatever happens there, as much work we do, I leave the House fulfiled.
Petra night bench
Our needy persons are sometimes hidden among the passers-by on the streets of our city, and sometimes they are lonely somewhere in the sidelines. We recognise them, look for them, and they wait for us. We know that for their step forward in life it is necessary that we walk towards and with them. That is why we do this with gratitude, each Tuesday evening.
I am a final year student of social pedagogy and a volunteer in Depaul Croatia. Their Haven House became my House as well. And as it happens with houses, life in them is very interesting. After a while, it is known exactly who prefers coffee and who prefers tea, who likes to think in silence, and who has a lot to tell, who is in a hurry and who will take a nap after lunch. And when I am not in Rijeka for a long time, I still know that I can come and visit our House again. I know that he will greet me and say: “Here you are! When will you come again?” So who wouldn’t want to come back? Over time, a person forgets that he is a “volunteer” or someone with any title. Volunteer simply – becomes a friend.
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