Meet Our Member: Sydney Kalas, Peer Support Staff


syd1As the Peer Support Staff at COTS, Sydney Kalas does intakes and orientations for individuals experiencing homelessness. She helps connect COTS guests with the resources that they need. In addition, Sydney also exudes Daystation fun! She and guests play games, carve pumpkins, knit, and do crafts. She is currently trying to organize bigger events like bowling and skiing. Originally from New Jersey, Sydney attended UVM to study philosophy has been living in Vermont ever since. When not serving with VHCB AmeriCorps or hitting the slopes on her board, Sydney can be found reading a good book, exercising her amateur vocal abilities at choir or karaoke, using sticks to hit balls on a felt table, and creating hair-braided masterpieces on those willing to let her experiment.

Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?

I am a 'helper' by nature. I can't not be helping others.  It's what makes me happy.

What are you learning or gaining out of your service?

It seems like it's the easiest things that take the longest to complete. You might have a clear-cut idea but in order to implement it, you will have to jump through many hoops through which you did not expect to jump. Is it worth it in the long run? Absolutely. I’ve learned to practice patience at the brink of impatience and to cherish my resources. Things will get done with patience and persistence.

What's the best thing about serving at your site?

The comfort and support. I am perpetually surrounded by a cast of characters; the coworkers being just as amazing as the clients. I love forging relationships with the Daystation guests and helping to the best of my ability. Although I am constantly pushing myself, I feel perpetually comfortable and able here-- creating a feeling of confidence.

VHCB AmeriCorps is a program of the
Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

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