Hi there! My name is Gabrielle Burton and I am one of the St. Joseph Workers! I am originally from Las Vegas, NV but went to high school and college in St. Paul, MN. I majored in Communication Studies, meaning… I love to talk! I also love to sing! I am serving at the Alexandria House In LA, which is a transitional shelter for women and children who were victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, or are just facing homelessness. I work in the childcare, and it’s been an eventful three months so far!
Working with kids can be exhausting, especially with ones that have faced some really harsh realities like our little ones . Everyday I find myself being stretched more and more past my comfort zone and giving more and more of myself. Each day I am realizing the importance of making sure that I am filled up with the Holy Spirit so that I am not giving of myself, but that it is the Holy Spirit flowing in and through me. I have to get rid of my personal preferences and hang ups because at the end of the day, it’s not about me- it’s about the people I am serving. While I may be serving the people at my site, some directly and others indirectly, they are probably teaching me more about life than I am helping them! I have really found the importance of just being with the people and building relationships with them. For the first month, I would get in at 9 a.m. and leave exactly at 5 p.m. I was concerned with getting home and going back to my life, but more recently, I have slowed down my pace and taken the time to chat with some of the residents and see how people are doing, and it is at those moments that I find myself having the most meaningful conversations.
Relationships are the most important thing we can build on earth, and I am who I am today because of the relationships in my life. I know I will be a better person because of the relationships I am forming and conversations I am having at my site and I am eager to see what these next few months have in store for me!