‘You’re loved. You’re cared for. You’re valued.’
These words can make all the difference to someone facing a terminal cancer diagnosis, months of recovery after a heart attack, or isolation due to years of a debilitating mental illness.
This is the daily work of Sharon Crosby, a social worker with Adventist Home Health in Portland, Oregon.
For nearly a decade, Crosby has been connecting patients facing unusually difficult circumstances with Portland Adventist Academy students through the school’s annual event, Inside Out Service Day. The work they provide serves as a proverbial life-raft for a person drowning in a sea of paper work, home chores, and doctor appointments while managing severe symptoms with little to no support system.
Sandy, whose name has been changed for this story, has been fighting cancer for six years. “Being so sick has kept her isolated,” says Crosby. “She has no family, no church community, and maybe two friends she rarely sees.”
Inside Out Service Day brought eight PAA students and two adults to Sandy’s front door.