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Anneka Riley

MSC: What is your role at MSC?

AR: My name is Anneaka Riley I am a caregiver, administrative assistant, and missions representative supervisor at Jacob's Ladder.

MSC: What's your favorite thing about working at Mustard Seed?

AR: Working here at Mustard Seed has helped me to grow spiritually, physically, and mentally. I am able to exercise my talents and even the things I thought I didn't have the potential to do, I am now doing well. MSC brings out the best in me. Thanks to Fr. Garvin Augustine, my mentor. My word to others working at MSC is, "whatever your mind can conceive, you CAN and WILL achieve."

MSC: Why do you work at Mustard Seed?

AR: I strongly believe that it is my purpose and calling to care for the most vulnerable of society. Mustard Seed brings out the best in me in caring, sharing, and training.

MSC: What do you get from your time here?

AR: My time here has shaped me into the person I should have been long ago. I am humbled and I get to spend more time focusing on spiritually grooming myself in such a way that others are inspired and motivated by me. Mustard Seed brings out the best in me and if I should choose it would be MSC over and over again. I am spiritually in tune.

MSC: Is there a resident that stands out in your mind? Please tell us about them.

AR: Yes! There are more than one of them but Stephen Muir is the one who is always on my mind. Stephen has cerebral palsy. He enjoys music and always in need of a CD player. He's a very cheerful and talkative young man. He's my sunshine on a cloudy day.

MSC: How has Mustard Seed been a blessing in your life?

AR: Mustard seed has changed my life in many ways. Just visiting the other apostolates and meeting different residents reminds me that I am blessed beyond measures. There are days when you get weary and you can hear Jesus voice speaking to you right there you know that, "He is Here." Just to be a part of the resident's life is a blessing and I feel honored to be a part of MSC.

MSC: If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be?

AR: That would be curry goat and white rice.

MSC: What are some small things that make your day better?

AR: Seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents. Just being able to help others. Being able to motivate others by giving words of encouragement.

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