“Connecting the Dots” by Suzanne Maggio (Great Falls, MT ’81-82)

“I am a social worker,” I say by way of introduction to a class full of new students. I feel enormous pride as I say those words. A pride that comes from not only finding a job I love, but an identity too. I don’t just do social work. I am a social worker. And my experience as a Jesuit Volunteer looms large in that identity. I teach a class each semester to college students in which I encourage…

Tacoma JVEs Reflect on What Calls to Them Now

“In Search of Continual Conversion” JVE Terry Powers (Tacoma, WA ’19-20) Seeking purpose and the grace to pursue that purpose is a compelling challenge for all of us but in particular for those of us who are in the second half of our lives. During their monthly community meetings, the Tacoma JV EnCorps members (JVEs) reflect upon their recent community service experiences. As the…

JV EnCorps Members in Bend, OR, Nourish and are Nourished

JVE Amy Spernak (Bend, OR ’19-20) helping a customer at St. Vincent de Paul Pantry Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps of Bend has a big heart for those living in poverty and know that healthy food is a great way to show up with support and love for their community. Seven out of our 18 of this year’s JV Encorps members (JVEs) serve directly with agencies that provide food and other services for the…

AmeriCorps Member Reflection: “Working Towards Growth” Kevin Reiser (Portland, OR ’19-20)

I am currently serving as a JV AmeriCorps member at Volunteers of America’s Men’s Residential Center (MRC) – the MRC is an all-male 52-bed residential drug and alcohol treatment facility. The program consists of six months of intensive residential care. This means that the guys are actively participating in classes like Mindfulness, Anger Expression, and Relapse Prevention, as well as Mandatory…

“Silence Saves” Susan Hannifin-MacNab, MSW (’92-93 Auburn, WA)

“So there will also be another retreat option this year,” our program coordinator explained. “The three-day silent retreat, which will be offered in the springtime.” It was right then that all six pairs of eyes opened wide and all six mouths dropped to the floor. We all gasped. You want us to be silent? For three days?! Why on earth would we ever want to do that? The ’92-93 Auburn, WA…

JV EnCorps Members Answer the Call to the Southern Border

Answering the Call JV EnCorps Members Witness our Southern Border Kathleen (l) and Margaret (r) In November, Rio Grande Valley Chapter members of Call To Action (CTA) hosted a weekend conference to focus on border conditions in McAllen, Texas. Two Portland ’19-20 JV EnCorps members, Kathleen Glover and Margaret Johnson, answered that call! In two very full days of traveling, the 50 CTA conference…

Family Together: Ayau Family (part one)

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. Maggie (l) and Lily (r) Ayau — An interview with Maggie Ayau (Hays, MT ’14’15, St. Xavier, MT ’15-16, Staff ’16-19)   What were the name of your placements and what did you do at your placements? What did a typical day look like for…

Family Together: Ayau Family (part two)

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. Maggie (l) and Lily (r) Ayau Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. — Lily Ayau (Juneau, AK ’19-20) Lily Ayau (second from left) and the ’19-20 JV Juneau, AK Community It’s winter in Juneau,…

Advent Reflection: Family Together

Advent Reflection, December 2019 Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. Jane Salisbury (St. Mary’s, AK ’78-80, JV EnCorps Portland, OR ’18-20) Jane Salisbury at speaking at an Advent Gathering, December 2019 Good evening. I think we have all heard a few talks about Advent – many of them lovely. Advent evokes patience, angels,…

Family Together: Wagner Family (part one)

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. (l) Tyler Wagner (Portland, OR ’15-16) and (r) Joe Wagner (Portland, OR ’19-20) — Tyler Wagner (Portland, OR ’15-16, Portland Alumni Council ’17-20) During my JV year, one part of my service was helping to manage a small community garden.…