I always knew the community would be one of the most important parts of this Stonehill Service Corps program. This summer I had high expectations for community living involving daydreams about group grocery shopping adventures or fabulous field trips across Massachusetts. Little did I know that these visions would come true in spades—and better than I could have ever imagined! The community has truly become a family since day one of our orientation back in August. The bonding continued further as we moved into our home in Brockton and slowly filled each of the rooms with laughs, memories and quirky furniture.
The Brockton SSC house recently went apple picking together! I was extra excited for this experience because I had never been apple picking before despite my New England heritage. At last, a life-long dream came to fruition with the company of my wonderful community. It was certainly worth the wait! We all went to C.N. Smith Farms in East Bridgewater where we enjoyed apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and of course, apple picking! Such a blast. It was Sean’s first time too se we made sure to get plenty of photos together documenting the groundbreaking experience.
Last Saturday the house attended an event called “Created Equal” put on by Mass Humanities that took place at the Brockton War Memorial. It was a very well run event that facilitated conversation about the social contract. The moderator used film clips regarding historical events to spark conversation about who dictates the social contract of modern day Brockton and what level of responsibility we all hold in contributing to that social contract. It was a great opportunity for our community to engage in a local forum while learning about our new neighbors and city.
We have all had our ups and downs from our site placements. What’s great about a community is that we are here for each other at the end of the day when we are too tired to even walk ourselves up to our bedrooms for the night. We love, support, and take care of each other. The ability to have someone to lean on that understands the unique lifestyle you have committed to is truly wonderful. I have been enjoying my experience at My Brother’s Keeper more than I could possibly describe, but I know I would be suffering from extreme burn-out if I did not have my community to keep me going.