This past summer I had the opportunity to act as an intern for Room In the Inn, a non-profit organization that serves as a day center for the homeless in Nashville. RITI is on the front lines in the fight against homelessness in Middle Tennessee. Everyday, they serve lunch to almost 200 individuals, and they offer vital services such as showers, laundry, and the ability to charge phones. These necessary comforts are often taken for granted by the rest of the world, but without RITI, many homeless individuals in Nashville would go without them.
RITI’s core values include spirituality, love, hospitality, respect, hope, community, and non-violence. Each day at our afternoon wrap-up meeting, staff members would discuss moments where they saw a core value that day. These were inspiring moments and allowed me to see hope in places I never thought I would.
The most important thing that I gained from my time at Room In the Inn was a better perspective on life. I learned to look at circumstances through the eyes of others and the people whom I served. Situations are almost never as simple as they might first appear, and it is important to get a real understanding before judging someone.
I am excited to use my experiences at Room In the Inn to spread awareness to the broader MBA community in the coming years. I want my peers to see the things that I saw, even if they are not always pretty. Empathy and understanding are often forgotten in our world of competition and rigor. Room In the Inn showed me that even in the darkest of times and scenarios, people can find hope.