by Michael Gable
Michael graciously served as our interim Main Frame Coordinator while Ahren Cassinari-Foster was on parental leave. We are so grateful for all the different ways he’s served at the OAC and hope he’ll still remain connected to us even though his required internship is completed.
My introduction to Central Outreach and Advocacy Center was as a Clinical Pastoral Education student, a curriculum designed to help me experience and process the trauma of constantly working with people in crisis. So, in addition to “volunteering” 3 days a week, I also attended classes where we explored how the stories of the people who came into the OAC affected me. The one-word answer is: “profoundly.”
Central Outreach and Advocacy Center began as just a placement, a spot where I would do my time and get my seminary credit. But with the help of Ahren, April, Brenna, and Kimberly, I began to recognize how much more it was–a place where we come to recognize the Image of God in one another as we work to put people above process.