As a migrant who has lived and worked overseas as an English language coach, Krystyna has always cared for people experiencing displacement.
Baptist Care SA’s work with refugees and people experiencing homelessness impressed her, so she decided to volunteer with the organisation.
Krystyna has spent 450 hours fundraising, serving and preparing meals at the WestCare Centre and befriending a newly arrived refugee through the Friendship Program.
“Baptist Care SA offer what people need most – non-judgmental assistance and understanding,” she says.
Although she is saddened to see the effects of poverty in the community, Krystyna has seen that she can help make a difference.
Krystyna says volunteering is definitely a two way street. She enjoys working with qualified chefs in the WestCare kitchens, serving hot meals to people in need, and being a “surrogate nanna” to her “wonderful” new friend’s children.
“Volunteering has given me a strong sense of purpose and a great sense of pleasure and achievement.”