I am Sr. Osinta Avila Nalu. I recently transferred to New York, to the St. Charles Borromeo community. The reality I am presently immersed in is in stark contrast to what I expected because it led me to a profoundly rewarding experience. The moment I set foot in the HOPE organization, it instantly felt like home. HOPE is an organization dedicated to assisting impoverished neighborhoods. In this group, I encounter many individuals with varying backgrounds, circumstances, cultures, and languages. This encounter moved me to realize God’s grace in my life; His Joy, compassion, and love, which He printed in the faces of those whom I met, moved my heart to love him more. The fatigued expression written on the faces of those whom I serve, make me realize his sacrifice for us. Moreover, I offer my assistance in Religious Education at one of the Salesians’ parishes in Portchester. This community has a beautiful blend of Latinos, Polish, and American groups. It brings me immense joy to work alongside these diverse groups. Through the challenges and accomplishments, I found myself drawn closer to God and the Blessed Mother; life seems to become effortless and fulfilling.