Imagine walking into the home of someone you’ve just met. You’ve never been there before but you’re invited to chat with anyone around, relax in any armchair you can find and eat anything in the fridge (or from the counter full of freshly baked goods). This welcoming environment allows you to relax and to be yourself.
This has been my experience starting as an intern at RMHNA. I just recently completed a degree in Sociology at the University of Alberta and I was lucky enough to land an internship here. On my first day I was feeling nervous and a little bit unsure of what to expect. I have a hunch that these emotions are similar to the emotions felt by new families arriving at RMHNA for their first time. Thankfully, any apprehensiveness melted away as soon as I walked through the doors, smelled the delicious cinnamon buns and saw all of the smiling faces. My introduction to the House had me feeling like a cherished guest in a friend’s gigantic, wonderful and energetic home. And after being here for a few weeks, I’m already starting to feel less like a guest and more like a member of the RMHNA community. I imagine that this is the way many of the families end up feeling.
What a wonderful place! I’m so happy to be part of the RMHNA family.