(Written by Valerie, Public Relations Intern)
These tasks are all part of the day’s work for Aric Wauzzinski, a Facility Assistant (FA) at The Crossing. As an FA, Aric is on the front lines of the Mission, making sure things run smoothly at a facility that houses about 500 people.
After packing his bags and moving here from Indiana, Aric became an Youth Intern at Denver Rescue Mission. Three years ago, when his internship ended,he knew he wanted to work here full-time. He’s been an FA for one and a half years and loves it. It’s a job that continually reminds him of the miracle of Christ’s transformation in peoples’ life.
“When you least expect it, when you’re having a bad day, you’re reminded of why you’re here and why God brought you here,” he says.
It’s not always easy. Sometimes participants aren’t used to the structure and policies that are part of life at The Crossing. This can present a challenge when implementing rules which are meant to help people.
The great conversations he has with participants on a daily basis keep him encouraged and energized when dealing with obstacles.
“To be quite honest,” Aric says, “It strengthens my faith too because you see how Christ is working in people.”
Aside from positive conversations, another perk of life at The Crossing is getting to go on field-trips, like when Aric accompanied the New Life Program participants on their rafting trip.
“90% of those guys had never been rafting in their life and seeing their excitement and reaction was really cool,” he says.
Overall, the best part of his job is seeing people graduate, Aric says without hesitation.
He continues, “People completely change their lives going from homeless and drug-addicted to getting a new life in Christ.”
He gets to see first-hand the miracle of transformed lives, the blessings that pour in from the outside and gets to work closely with great supervisors (shout out to Jeremy Stubbs!) and a great team.
“I work with the best people in the world. I know that sounds corny, but I really do. That’s part of the reason I’m still here. They make everything that’s negative turn into a positive. So I just really love the people here: the participants and the staff. And that’s really the highlight of my job,” he says.