It is 6 a.m. and time for interns to get up. “But some days I was out of ‘love gas’ and didn't want to go,” intern graduate Matt Bohlman admits. Yet, when he just showed up, the “love tank” filled up again. Our interns powerfully touch lives on the streets with that love.
Matt developed a special friendship with a man we will call Joe. After months of talking about baseball, Joe began to open up about the deep secrets of his heart. They talked about the “Big Man” and Matt told him that the “Big Man” had a name. On Matt's last day, Joe came to The Bus heart-broken; his mother had died. “He asked me to just hold him, so I hugged him for like five minutes,” Matt told. “He said to me that I was the ‘Big Man’ to him… I wish I had done more for him!”
Then there was this elderly lady Matt called “Lovely”. This woman with leathery skin and a toothless smile was very sad to see Matt leave. “She said to me that I had been God to her,” Matt said. “I took this as one of the biggest compliments in my life.”
Matt, who is a P.E. teacher from Maryland, said the NYCR Internship was a great time of growth, "I have learned a lot about myself and about how to relate to people." His "love tank" overflows.
Written in 2000.