"When I started reaching out to homeless people, I intended to help others, but they help me," explained Vanessa Houk, the coordinator of Ashland's Sunday night shelter. "They give me a sense of peace that I don't get anywhere else."
Similar revelations came to light in meeting with a core group of volunteers responsible for keeping Ashland homeless shelters open five nights a week. The Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC) convened this gathering to explore what attracts, challenges and reinforces volunteers and how their service fosters a culture of peace.
Houk described the risks taken by members of the homeless community when they trust her with bits and pieces of their stories and how it benefits her to li