Community life: inspiring today and for the future
Please take a few moments to read the following reflections from Kelly Stanley, an AmeriCorps volunteer from New Jersey, who is living and working in Kimberton Hills:
At Kimberton Hills, “it takes a village” isn’t just an expression; it’s a way of life. A way of life I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of. I overflow with gratitude knowing this is where I live, work, and learn daily. At the heart of the community are those with what I like to call, “unique abilities,” the special population of individuals who remind me in countless ways to be open and honest, to love without prejudice, and to truly be myself.
This experience has reshaped my path and views about the future. I feel more connected to the earth than ever before, which helps build stronger relationships to all living beings. I’m grateful for being exposed to so many truths, so much knowledge, and above all, a sense of belonging. There’s a right balance of love and support that helps us all flourish and feel a confident sense of purpose. Maybe it’s the consistent hugs, hellos, and genuine smiles that lift our spirits, or the incredible patience the seasoned coworkers have when welcoming new faces and energies. It’s liberating to be given the chance to realize that things can be done differently than what our society offers us. Here, it’s an endless source of inspiration. Every experience is a constant reminder of how everything in some way is a lesson to be learned and how we are all teachers, working together for the good of each other and for the planet we are all responsible for.
Love and care are what keep this movement alive. We all deserve to thrive in an environment that allows us to discover our strengths. There are infinite possibilities when given the chance to find your true self, without judgment or criticism. At this point in my life, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else than with my 102 member family at Kimberton Hills – a community who masters the art of living thanksgiving every day. We indeed bless and thank more than just our meals on the table, for we are conscientious and aware of all the efforts and energy put in to support this lifestyle, giving purpose and appreciation to every individual.
More than 20 short-term volunteers, like Kelly, volunteer with us each year, some staying for a second, or even a third year. When we are asked, “how many people do you serve?” our answer is always a long one, because we don’t serve anyone; we all work together, including our friends and neighbors. We do this with uncommon care and attention, while at the same time making it possible for all who are part of Kimberton Hills – for a year, or a lifetime – to benefit in many ways. Know that your contribution not only supports the lives of those who live in the village, but it also helps shape and inspire the future for young people like Kelly. The impact of that is immeasurable. Please help to make this possible by making a gift to our Village Support Fund – your generosity will enrich many lives.
With our gratitude,
Bernadette M. Kovaleski
Director of Development