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keeping connected after a year of service.

Greg Lucid an FJV from Tacoma 2010-2011 continues to carry his story of service with him into grad school.

“As an FJV I’ve learned that you take your experiences with you, wherever you go. You never forget the people you served, the four values of JVC Northwest, or the opportunities to know and love those around you. You suddenly remember how connected we truly are, or can be, to one another. It’s all about storytelling, which is one of the ways I like to build community. I am currently in my first year of graduate school studying journalism at Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana. One of my professors surprised me in our first Literary Journalism class session when he told us that he wrote a book several years ago and one of the people he interviewed for it was Fr. Gary Smith, S.J., who served as director of Nativity House in Tacoma, WA from 1984 until 1992. Nativity House was my JV placement last year! Connections like these remind me of the phrase, ‘God puts people in our lives for different reasons.’ I know I want to continue serving others. Through participatory journalism, I aspire to get to know and love the marginalized of Muncie, providing a platform where storytelling and community development can occur. I really do love and miss the Northwest, though, and know that JVC Northwest will forever be a part of my life!

Fr. Gary Smith, S.J. is featured in Mark H. Masse’s book, Inspired to Serve.

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Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
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Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.