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When I was in gradeschool, I volunteered at a place called the Weingart Center. It was a community center that had a strong focus on aide for senior citizens. Most of what I did when I went there was help with Bingo, and do the Meals on Wheels program.

One of the people who I worked with there was a man named Bob. Bob was older, maybe in his 40's or 50's, and he was schizophrenic and slightly mentally retarded. He was a nice guy, but he was quiet most of the time because he was slow and was aware of it. He still lived with his parents; he was mentally capable enough to be able to take care of himself, but not quite live by himself. Unfortunately, Bob's parents were verbally abusive towards him. He had always been a burden to them and they let him know it. It was sad, but it was Bob's life. When his birthday was coming up, everyone at the Weingart Center started brainstorming on what we should get him. Knowing that his life has been spent being made to feel like he sucks at everything and will never be any good, I thought we should get him a trophy or a plaque that showed him we thought he was doing a good job and that we cared about him there. This was the idea we ended up going with, and I was proud that I thought of it, when I saw how happy he was, when he opened it.

After that birthday, Bob started to peek out of his shell just a little. He made friends with a homeless woman about his age who stopped by the Weingart Center looking for food handouts. Bob always gave her something and he told me about his crush on her in the giddiest way I've ever seen a grown man talk about anything. Eventually the higher ups at the center found out that Bob was giving food to a transient, and what was worse is they expected she may have been using him to get his prescription medication. They told Bob that he couldn't give her…...

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