Our Education Partners
MESH has partnered with Montclair State University to create internships for two students who have expressed an interest in serving others. MESH benefits from the time, energy and ideas provided by these student interns and, in turn, provides them training and hands-on experience in working with homeless people in Montclair. They have been involved in day-to-day operations and have had close personal contact with the MESH guests.
In addition, MESH benefited from a partnership with a Seminarian who has a heart to serve others as he studies for ordained ministry. He, too, connected with MESH guests through his volunteer service and was touch by the experience.
Read their stories now.
Joshua McWilliams, Montclair State University Student Intern
First, I would like to say I love my internship. It allows me to see how people’s current situations are based on events that occurred in their past. MESH brings people together from different backgrounds to serve, for fellowship, and to enjoy time and a delicious meal together. Through this experience, I’ve learned patience.
The churches of Montclair not only allow us to use their sites to host an evening meal - they allow us to use their kitchens and they provide food. Our Montclair partners are doing great things by giving people who are less fortunate a well-cooked meal six days a week. We also receive donation of clothes, gift cards, and hats.
MESH is not just for people who are homeless, it’s for everyone and anyone that wants to serve or share an experience that will stick with them for a lifetime. In closing, I am blessed that I was chosen to be part of a great movement and mission work that not only brighten our guests’ lives but also gives them a full meal with plenty to take-out. I will take this experience with me as I head into my senior year of at Montclair State.
Mourica Sentine, Montclair State University Student Intern
My Major is Child Advocacy. I chose this major because I believe that our children need a voice. I want to be able to advocate for children, especially for neglected and abused children. The reason I decided to take this internship is because I believe in helping people from all walks of life. Many of us are fortunate to have all of the basic necessities that we need to survive; we also have the pleasure of some luxuries as well, so much so that we neglect to think about those people who are less fortunate. This internship allows me to stare life in the face – every day that I go to work I am brought right back to reality; I am thankful and humbled for what I have.