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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Arlyn Reynolds

Arlyn Reynolds is a recent graduate from Cardinal Stritch University, who hopes to use his degree to better the community. It was through Cardinal Stritch that he discovered Pathfinders.

“After the department explained to me just what Pathfinders does, I had to send in my resume.”

He started as an intern at Pathfinders Youth Shelter in January 2016. “I love that I'm able to interact with the youth every time I'm at the shelter. Being able to listen and help resolve any conflicts the youth may have with each other or issues they may face outside of the shelter is something I enjoy doing and greatly value.”

Arlyn found the Pathfinders staff to be welcoming and helpful while he gained confidence. “I'm an extremely shy person. Interacting with new people always makes me really nervous, but there is no time to be withdrawn or nervous when carrying out such an important task.” He continued, “I’ve even lead one of the groups at the shelter, and that was a pretty cool moment.”

According to Arlyn, Pathfinders is more valuable than the community realizes. “I want the Milwaukee community to know that Pathfinders is truly a gem,” He continued, “With the ability to house a youth for two weeks, aftercare when the youth's stay is up, therapists for residents (and nonresidents), and the opportunity for previous residents of the shelter to return as Peer Volunteers—Pathfinders truly is an amazing organization.”

In order to meet the needs of the young people in the shelter, Arlyn said, “You have to have a love for helping others and interacting with youth.”

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Arlyn Reynolds

Arlyn Reynolds is a recent graduate from Cardinal Stritch University, who hopes to use his degree to better the community. It was through Cardinal Stritch that he discovered Pathfinders.

“After the department explained to me just what Pathfinders does, I had to send in my resume.”

He started as an intern at Pathfinders Youth Shelter in January 2016. “I love that I'm able to interact with the youth every time I'm at the shelter. Being able to listen and help resolve any conflicts the youth may have with each other or issues they may face outside of the shelter is something I enjoy doing and greatly value.”

Arlyn found the Pathfinders staff to be welcoming and helpful while he gained confidence. “I'm an extremely shy person. Interacting with new people always makes me really nervous, but there is no time to be withdrawn or nervous when carrying out such an important task.” He continued, “I’ve even lead one of the groups at the shelter, and that was a pretty cool moment.”

According to Arlyn, Pathfinders is more valuable than the community realizes. “I want the Milwaukee community to know that Pathfinders is truly a gem,” He continued, “With the ability to house a youth for two weeks, aftercare when the youth's stay is up, therapists for residents (and nonresidents), and the opportunity for previous residents of the shelter to return as Peer Volunteers—Pathfinders truly is an amazing organization.”

In order to meet the needs of the young people in the shelter, Arlyn said, “You have to have a love for helping others and interacting with youth.”