It seems like it was only yesterday that I started my work at Homes for Hope.  That was 9 weeks ago.  Today, I have only 4 weeks left—my how time flies!  The time I have had at Homes for Hope has been so much more than an internship, largely for the fact that I have not been treated as “just an intern.”  Yes, some of the work has been “intern-like.”  My first week, I stuffed 200 envelopes and put about 50 certificates in frames.  However, as the summer has progressed, I have learned more about this organization and my supervisors have learned more about me, resulting in meaningful work that I have really enjoyed—funny how things work out.  As a marketing minor, I have enjoyed getting to see the marketing side of Homes for Hope as I work with the Pennsylvania Builders Association and our social media accounts.  Shameless plug!  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @homes4hopeblog!

I have also enjoyed seeing the relationships that the people at Homes for Hope have with their builders.  This organization is obviously not just about charity.  The people at Homes for Hope genuinely care about the people that they work with, in the building industry, and work for, in the poorest countries in the world.  In a time when the economic forecast can be grim, the team here has been innovative and has found new ways to connect with the building industry to continue to help families in the poorest countries in the world.

I feel incredibly lucky to get to work for such an organization, one that cares about the well-being of clients on both ends.  I am also lucky to work for an organization that has allowed me to grow as a professional and as a follower of Christ.  My internship is based in Lancaster, PA, and here, I get to interact with the Hope International staff on a daily basis.  They have taught me so much about helping the poor through microfinance and savings circles, and have helped me realize and heal some of the spiritual poverty in my own life.  I have also learned how to deal with an eight to five work day—hello corporate America!  Thank you for supporting Homes for Hope, and through them, entrepreneurs around the world.

To get involved, contact Mike Lennon at mlennon@homes4hope.org.

Blessings from PA,

Aislinn the Intern (See Picture Below)

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