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Meet Abby Maraya! Abby is participating in a year-long fellowship with Everyone Home DC through Service Never Sleeps and, as a part of her fellowship, she is volunteering with our Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART). Below is a reflection piece that Abby wrote after her first deployment. Hello! I am Abby, your Service Never Sleeps fellow for the year. I joined and chose to be a part of this fellowship program because I wanted to make an impact on the community while working a corporate job. I’m glad that I’m able to put a foot in each world (corporate and non-profit) and leave a positive mark in DC. My first day at HART was quite an experience. I met Sarah, a current Everyone Home DC volunteer, and she guided me on the route. I loved conversing with her on her thoughts of the transformation of Eastern Market in the last five years to sharing favorite HART moments. We approached each client with oatmeal, granola bars, crackers, hot chocolate, and warm smiles. After reading articles on homelessness and the struggles, I recognize the clients are where they are because of things beyond their control. Knowing that I myself am limited in what I can do, I had conflicted feelings. It brought up lots of questions such as, what else do they need? Are they going to be okay tomorrow? How do they go beyond the support Everyone Home DC provides? I look forward to seeing them again and showing them that the world still cares (as sappy as that sounds). I will continue to share my experiences with you in hopes to show how impactful Everyone Home DC is to the Capitol Hill community, and all the adventures that come with volunteering! Thank you for reading and stay tuned!