From Camper to Collaborator
Read the heartwarming story of HFM volunteer Sofia Martinez
Hi Sofia, Tell us about your involvement with Hope for Miami “back in the day”- How did it begin?
I attended the summer camp at Wayside Church around 4-5th grade. I started a little late so I was nervous and a little scared to meet new kids. But the staff assured me I was going to fit in and make friends.
What were some of those experiences like for you?
I remember some things vividly, like the song we sang every morning, “Hello my name is child of the one true King.” We also had a sticker on our chests that said, “Hello, my name is____.” I also remember doing “brain games” in the morning. I think my favorite activity had to be SPARK - the daily fitness activities. We ran a lot and did so many activities together. These summer experiences made me more “social” and less shy around others. And honestly, they made me feel confident in myself and who I am. Coming from a religious Hispanic household, it also raised awareness of God for me.
Who were some of the HFM team members you remember who made a positive impact on your life?
Many of the staff members accepted me and were my friends. I wish I could remember their names, but I was in my own bubble as a kid!
How are you currently serving alongside us and how did your earlier experiences prepare you for your responsibilities?
I am now a volunteer at Wayside Church near Dadeland. It gives me flashbacks about my earlier experiences as a child. I see a lot of kids that remind me of myself when I was welcomed into the community.
Sofia, we are so encouraged by hearing your story and are privileged to have you as part of our family! We’ll look forward to seeing where life takes you!