Can I still maintain relationships with family and friends?

Everyone arrives at their JV year with those whom they already lean on for support.  While we encourage volunteers to maintain those relationships that are life-giving, the demands of community life and the reality of possibly being far away from friends and family may mean JVs are not in as regular contact with friends and family.  Spending time on the phone or on social networking sites can also be a distraction to community life and a barrier to forming relationships and trust within community. Therefore we encourage JVs to consider how they can maintain important relationships in their lives while also committing to the new relationships JVs have the opportunity to develop during their volunteer year.

Posted in: 2. Life as a Jesuit Volunteer