Volunteer Spotlight: Sabira

Every morning, 365 days a year, The Rescue Mission serves three meals- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sabira Rakhimova has been volunteering on-and-off for about a year now, but has become a consistent Monday breakfast volunteer for the past few months.

What brought you to The Rescue Mission?

I live downtown and wanted to get more involved in my community, and the residents of The Mission are my actual neighbors that I thought I could help support. I believe that the well-being of the community is just as good as the well-being of any single individual in this community, so we must take care of one another. I think The Rescue Mission does a good job of taking care of the most vulnerable among us, and I wanted to be a part of it.

How has volunteering at The Rescue Mission impacted you?

I am not a morning person at all. (I snooze four or five times before getting out of bed!) But I was told that there was a need for volunteers at breakfast time, so I signed up for Mondays. It helps me begin my week with a sense of purpose and energizes me for the week ahead. I actually look forward to Monday mornings now.

Fun Facts about Sabira

Favorite Food: Thai

Favorite Movie: Boyhood. The movie was shot over 12 years with the same cast. Just that part is fascinating and very original. But I think the beauty of this movie is in its simplicity- it's about the everday life and experiences in it that shape us into who we are today. This film is a reminder that everyone's story is valuable, and learning those stories help us develop deeper connections with others and build communities rooted in kindness and empathy.

Favorite thing to do: I like to read, binge-watch shows on Netflix, work out, spend time with friends - typical stuff. I also listen to podcasts a lot.

Favorite Bible verses: I'll refer to a Pope Francis quote that I really like and that I think relates to my decision to volunteer at The Rescue Mission: "Even in the developed world, the effects of unjust structures and actions are all too apparent. Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples."