How one immigrant's story inspired Jan to give back

Jan, volunteer at The Bowery Mission

Jan, volunteer at The Bowery Mission

Our faithful friend, Jan, volunteered over 100 hours last year at The Bowery Mission! Read this volunteer spotlight and see what inspires him to serve.

 
 

When Jan Komrska moved to New York City from Denmark, he quickly settled into a familiar urban routine... a life centered around his career.

Shortly after moving, Jan met an old friend who told him the story of Jacob Riis—a Danish immigrant who documented the desperate living conditions of New York's immigrants and working class in the 1800s and early 1900s. Riis' work led to regulation changes and improvements to tenement living. The story concluded with Jan's friend saying this: "Remember, even a simple Christian and immigrant can impact the lives of many if he wants to."

Riis' story became very dear to Jan, not only because they were both Danish immigrants, but because Jan realized he could make a difference if he would take time to give back.

"I realized how self-centered and career-focused a life I was leading..."

"I realized how self-centered and career-focused a life I was leading," Jan shares. "Soon after meeting with this friend, I read about opportunities to serve with Hope for New York (HFNY). I knew I couldn't ignore them. I decided to volunteer at The Bowery Mission's Wednesday meal service."

Today, Jan serves as a HFNY Volunteer Team Leader with the Mission. He directly serves guests in need and also assists fellow volunteers. Jan learns about challenges The Bowery Mission experiences and finds creative ways to offer assistance.

"I have to walk half-an-hour from The Bowery Mission to the PATH station to get home. After each time I serve, even when I'm tired, it feels like I fly all the way to the station. I feel God's presence and joy."

"I realized how self-centered and career-focused a life I was leading..."

"I realized how self-centered and career-focused a life I was leading," Jan shares. "Soon after meeting with this friend, I read about opportunities to serve with Hope for New York (HFNY). I knew I couldn't ignore them. I decided to volunteer at The Bowery Mission's Wednesday meal service."

Today, Jan serves as a HFNY Volunteer Team Leader with the Mission. He directly serves guests in need and also assists fellow volunteers. Jan learns about challenges The Bowery Mission experiences and finds creative ways to offer assistance.

"I have to walk half-an-hour from The Bowery Mission to the PATH station to get home. After each time I serve, even when I'm tired, it feels like I fly all the way to the station. I feel God's presence and joy."

Learn more about volunteering at The Bowery Mission.

Thank you to Hope for New York for supporting The Bowery Mission and sharing Jan's story. Check out HFNY's original post.

 

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