Reflecting on My Year of Service

My name is Scott Fisher; I am 25 years old from Houston, Texas. Like a lot of millennials my age I came to a crossroads in my life where I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I was stuck in a dead-end job, struggling with my spiritual life, and struggling in my personal life. I would come home from my 9 to 5 job in downtown Austin, TX every day and think to myself, “I know I am capable of more than this.” I felt a strong calling from God that I should be doing something different and using my skill set to help people in this world who are less fortunate. I heard the call loud and clear, but I didn’t know how to pursue this call and frankly I was afraid to jump off the deep end and leave my fairly comfortable life.

Finally, one day I went to my dad and poured my heart out to him. I told him how I wasn’t happy, I told him about the call I felt like I was getting and he sympathized with me. He told me he would keep me in his prayers and that I should start looking for other jobs. I began searching job boards and leveraging resources in the Episcopal Church to find my next step, but nothing seemed to come. I prayed for a few weeks, but nothing seemed to come. I felt like I was drowning in a pool of uncertainty and doubt. I thought to myself, “is this how the rest of my life is going to be? Am I going to wear a suit to work and do the same monotonous tasks every day?”  Then, after weeks of prayer and searching, my prayers were finally answered. My dad sent me an email with information about the Texas Episcopal Service Corps and the title was “check this out”. I hesitantly looked through the email and I wasn’t right away convinced that this was the right step for me to take. I was worried about living with strangers, not making much money, and the idea of living simply. I ended up applying and then I called Matt Blank who was the program director at the time and he gave me all the details. The program was slowly starting to sound like it was the perfect step for me to take. So I ended up accepting my offer into the Service Corps and began packing up my apartment in Austin to take on my new adventure.

When I got to the house in Houston the blessing from God started falling in line. All of my roommates were unique and brought something new to the table for me. Paige is quiet, but very strong and we are both passionate about sports. Jordan is very smart, young, and has taught me a lot about life, he has been like a little brother to me. Koacher and I have a lot in common as far as music, sports, and our overall thoughts on life. Nick and Christy have been great mentors and have always been there for us when we need anything from them. One of the biggest blessings that came to me in my year of service was my host site, Avenue CDC. They gave me the freedom to use my professional skills and people skills to help the Near Northside community. The community that we live in and that I work in is very close to my heart because my family settled in this neighborhood when we migrated to the US from Germany. During my year at Avenue CDC I have been able to help rebuild dilapidated homes in the neighborhood, organize/ host community events, lead a youth group of high school students, and much more. Spiritually I have also grown tremendously throughout the year. When times were hard I was able to rely on prayer to get me through. I was able to lean on my roommates during formation night, because we were all going through similar struggles at our host sites. I began going to church more on Sundays which I wasn’t doing when I lived in Austin for a variety of reasons.

Lastly, the greatest gift I received during my year of service is the gift of Discernment. I came into the year completely lost and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Now I will be leaving the Texas Episcopal Service Corps with a clear vision of what my skills are and what I need to do with my life. I have realized that my gift is the ability to effectively communicate with a millionaire and effectively communicate with someone who is homeless. My passion is improving the lives of those who feel neglected by society and don’t know where to turn. I am now happy to say I know what I want to do with my life and I have escaped the quicksand of uncertainty and doubt in my life. Through my host site Avenue CDC, I have made a lot of connections in the neighborhood and just accepted a job at Wesley Community Center as a Community Connections Coordinator. This position allows me to find unique ways to connect community members to programs and services that Wesley offers. I am currently looking for a one bedroom apartment from my host site (who provides affordable housing) in the Near Northside neighborhood which I have grown passionate about. Without this year of service I’m afraid I would still be lost, walking blindly down a dark hallway. The Texas Episcopal Service Corps ended up providing the light I so desperately needed in my life.

Scott, Avenue CDC in Houston.

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