People who serve their community seem to have a certain sense of well being about them. Recently, I met an Uber driver, Eric, who shared his story about his retirement and how he started volunteering with a homeless shelter and now works there as one who helps counsel and find shelter for Los Angeles based men and women who live on the streets. He said that his pay is meager, but worth it. First to Serve does not have a website, but here's a comment from one of their clients that I found:
I would like to state that, I've been in addiction for many years and I've learned that by my self I can't get well. That's a fact! There is no perfect place in this world, to get well we as addicts will always complain, about anyplace we go, its what we do. I'm very grateful for First 2 Serve providing a place in this community were I had the opportunity to see my problems, and even though it was challenging to go through there unique way just made me realize that I must learn to deal with life on life's terms. In this world your not always gonna get what you want. I've learn to deal with me n my Patience, termination, conflicts within, with what I had , and I came to First to Serve with nothing to my Name! Broken and loss of everything family..job, and home. I seen what goes on here first hand. And even though I don't agree with a few things I know deep down inside that there intentions are to build you up to become greater than you were before you entered. First to Serve I thank you for giving me the chance to get well, today while still there and soon to be in there sober living I'm going to school , to get my AA in Culinary Arts, and I have a job in the same Field, and I'm mending my Family's relationships. They contributed to my strength today.. I believe today that all they want is to see us rise up and achieve our essence, as they provide a place were we can do so. Believe when i Say there are way more worst places out there were the managers are doing drugs, allowing drugs, getting bribed,and not having a safe place to get well. This place made it safe, hard, and challenging. Its what I needed... Thanks First to Serve and all the staff...for helping me.