Coming as Strangers but Leaving with Friendships


By: Tommy Havey

The past five months has been a rollercoaster ride with many mixed feelings. I remember the first day there were many smiles on faces for the arrival of the new people. Although not every day was shining bright as there have been challenges, but that can happen wherever you go. I have gotten the privilege to know my twenty four other crew members better over the last five months. I feel like they are family – I say that because we all have one goal and one mind set which is to make the world a better place.

The work has been challenging physically and mentally throughout training and trail season. The four days off at the end of hitch is very rewarding, you get to choose how you spend your off time. For me, I was able to explore new places such as New York, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island and the list goes on with new adventures each break. I have been invited to stay over at fellow corps members houses who’s families are very welcoming – sharing is caring it really is a community.

The end may be around the corner – it comes faster than one would think. I may not see my fellow crew members as often as I would like, but it will always be nice to have a little reunion later on in life. I am going to miss my crew it certainly felt like my family got much bigger this summer even through all of the ups and downs. If anyone was in my town, Chicago Illinois they are more than welcome to stay at my place. I came in knowing nobody – but leaving with many friends who are also family and the wonderful memories to cherish always.