Hey! My name is Nora, and I'm the summer Bonner intern at Bread and Roses in Olympia, WA. Bread and Roses is a temporary group home for women experiencing homelessness. I'm working in their garden and with the guests to increase their sense of self sufficiency around food security. I'm doing this internship through the Bonner Program at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC where I'm an undergraduate student of sociology and music.
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I’ve been thinking about how to write about this, and I didn’t figure it out so I’m just going to try…
Before I came to Bread and Roses and people asked me what I was doing for my summer I would tell them that I was going to be a garden intern at Bread and Roses. That’s not really true… I’m an intern, yes, and I work in the garden, yes, but I also have found myself cooking, writing, problem solving, inventing, and most unexpectedly, listening. I somehow had managed not to realize that working here meant being here, meant interacting, meant knowing the people in this place. It’s amazing. Much my time here is spent just being a face, an ear, another opinion; every day I feel like I’m opening myself to learn from these amazing people who create a strong and safe community for whatever amount of time they live here. I’m pretty lucky.