A miracle is something that causes us to wonder, and to stand in awe in the face of a world filled with messages of hopelessness. My involvement with the Kennedy Aging Project has been an experience of the miraculous; coming to value human life in a new way and causing me to feel called to action. It has been an experience of knowing people deeply oppressed, and knowing those who will not allow that oppression to continue.
The Kennedy Aging Project has taught me to believe in miracles, and to hope that collaboration, honesty, and hard work can break the boundaries of a world that has forgotten how to dream. Professionally, I feel privileged to have been a part of crashing the limiting expectations of those who are old, and those who are mentally retarded. Within the context of the Interdisciplinary Team at the Aging Project, I have learned how to believe that we can make impossible things possible, and to see that together--in collaboration with other professionals--we can do more than we ever could have done individually.
Personally, the Kennedy Aging Project has opened new doors for me. In ten years as a professional educator, my world had become consumed with working to provide quality education for children. In the field of special and elementary education, I became focused on developing programs that allowed children to learn. My involvement with the Aging Project stretched that involvement to include adults, and redefined the oppression of those who have been too long without a voice. It has been a life-changing involvement. Pastoral companionship with both clients and Interdisciplinary Team members has allowed me to walk through a door to new understanding, and, having passed through the door, I can never return to the ignorance of believing that there was little work to be done in this field. I have been changed by the sensitivity, the commitment, and the self-giving of caregivers and