Making Anything-But-Fair-Weather Friends

Jonah Thompson

Learn why volunteer Catherine McLaughlin recommends flood relief therapy with Team Rubicon.

To say that I had a good time with Team Rubicon would be a major understatement. I arrived in the Bay Area about one year ago as I was going through an unpleasant divorce. I started to isolate myself from a lot of things that used to make me happy. Volunteering my time for the benefit of others was very rewarding to me at one point.

Catherine McLaughlin joined 20 greyshirts out on Operation Super Genius to serve those affected by severe flooding in San Jose, CA.

When I heard about Team Rubicon, I was hesitant at first. I didn’t think I would be accepted. I didn’t think I would fit in. Not only was I proved very wrong, I was treated as if I was no different than the next person who raised their hand to serve in the wake of severe flooding in San Jose, CA. I formed friendships and bonded with people I barely knew. I felt like I was part of a family. I was doing something great, and I was having a good time doing it.

Making friends during muckout operations is easy. Just ask Catherine.

Despite all the troubles and worries and problems I’ve been facing lately, I felt like myself again, and I want to thank TR for helping me reconnect with that feeling again and allowing me to become that much more independent. I’ll take home with me the confidence and happiness I thought I’d lost.

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