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ONE BIG COMMUNITY Changing to Serve My Experience as a Chocolate Facialist When Sandy Enriquez first started volunteering with the home, she did not set out to be a chocolate facialist. But her desire to put a smile on the residents’ faces led her to adopt the project with gusto. She shares her experience here. “I OFFICIALLY joined the volunteer programme at St Joseph’s Home on 6th June 2017. My three sisters had already been volunteering with the home, doing nail art for the residents. So when I joined, I started with that too. During the sessions, it was heartwarming to see the residents’ faces light up as they examine their freshly painted nails. Over the weeks, as we interacted with them, we saw how they were in better spirits and were more responsive and receptive toward us. As the weeks turned into months, I longed to reach out to the residents who were immobile. So when presented with the opportunity to do the chocolate facials with them, I took the chance. One resident whom I met this way was Mdm A. When I first saw her, she was a sorry sight. Stricken with stroke, she had lost her mobility and speech. She looked so despondent, helpless and in a state of disquiet. As I talked to her, she barely responded. Today, a few months later, Mdm A is more cognizant of her surroundings, responds by nodding or shaking her head and has a calmer disposition. To God be all Glory. I joined this programme thinking that in a small way, I could give back to society. But in reality, I have received immeasurably more than I have given. As you volunteer, you inadvertently touch, heal and transform lives in more ways than one.” clockwise from far left - Sandy, her sisters Audrey, Vera, Barbara and Gina and St Joseph’s Home resident Ami. Sandy and her sisters enjoying a Christmas meal with some resident St Joseph’s Home | 57 ONE BIG COMMUNITY Changing to Serve My Experience as a Chocolate Facialist When Sandy Enriquez first started volunteering with the home, she did not set out to be a chocolate facialist. But her desire to put a smile on the residents’ faces led her to adopt the project with gusto. She shares her experience here. “I OFFICIALLY joined the volunteer programme at St Joseph’s Home on 6th June 2017. My three sisters had already been volunteering with the home, doing nail art for the res FVG26vVVB7F'FVBvFFBFGW&rFR6W762Bv2V'Gv&֖rF6VRFR&W6FVG>( f6W0ƖvBW2FWW֖RFV"g&W6ǒFVB2fW"FRvVV20vRFW&7FVBvFFVvR6rrFWvW&R&WGFW"7&G2@vW&R&R&W76fRB&V6WFfRFv&BW22FRvVV2GW&VBFF2vVBF&V6WBFFP&W6FVG2vvW&R&R6vV&W6VFVBvFFR'GVGFFFR66FRf62vFFVFFR66RR&W6FV@vWBF2vv2FvVf'7B6rW"6Rv26''6vB7G&6VvF7G&R6RB7BW"&ƗGB7VV66PVB6FW7FVBVW72B7FFRbF7VWB2FƶVBFW"6R&&Vǒ&W7FVBFFfWrF2FW"F2&P6v旦BbW"7W'&VFw2&W7G2'FFr"6rW VBB26W"F76FFvB&Rv'ऒVBF2&w&RF涖rFB6v6VBvfP&6F66WG'WB&VƗGfR&V6VfVBV7W&&ǒ&PFfRvfV2RfVFVW"RGfW'FVFǒFV6V@G&6f&ƗfW2&Rv2FR( Ц66v6Rg&f"VgB6GW"67FW'0VG&WfW&&&&&BvB7B6W( 0R&W6FVB֒6GBW"67FW'2Vr6&7F2VvF6R&W6FV@7B6W( 2RS