One Common Grounder shares her experience of volunteering at U-turn, a Common Good partner organisation which works alongside people living on the streets.
Full name: Catherine Hannington
Congregation: Rondebosch PM
Occupation: I have just finished studying law and I am taking a gap year to do volunteer work.
Tell us a bit about what you do at U-turn.
U-turn runs a weekly Bible study for women who live on the street. I meet with a group of about eight women and we have a time of fellowship, worship and teaching.
When do you go and for how long?
The Bible study takes place every Thursday at 11am and runs for about an hour and a half. I meet with two women who work for U-turn to prepare on a Wednesday.
What drew you towards volunteering in this specific way?
If one looks at Jesus’ ministry on earth He was always found amongst the broken and hurting people. In Luke 4 v 18 Jesus reads out the scroll of the prophet Isaiah that says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed”. 1 John 2 v 6 says that “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did”. I really just felt as I read the Bible that if I wanted to draw closer to Jesus, I needed to spend time with the poor. I really felt that God wanted me to make it a regular part of my life. I chose to help people living on the street specifically as I drive past them every day and I wanted the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.