Making a Home Away from Home by Caroline Fenton 2018-19 JV, Ashland, MT

“Home” is a powerful concept at my service placement with JVC Northwest. I serve the residential students of St. Labre Indian School as a “dormitory mentor,” providing academic and emotional support to Native American students living on campus. Each week, dorm students travel upwards of two hours just to get to school. During the week, they attend classes, play sports and join extracurriculars,…

There is a crack in everything: Reflection by Dan Misleh

A compelling reflection by former Jesuit Volunteer Dan Misleh (Fairbanks, AK ’82-83) who shares his own lived experiences and the importance of community. First published on June 13, 2018. This is a reflection on the loss of our son Zachary who died by suicide over a year ago. I offer this reflection to the JVC Northwest community for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Susie…

Response to PA Sexual Abuse Report

September 2018 Dear JVC Northwest Community, In light of the deeply distressing, extensive sexual abuse report from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, the board and staff of JVC Northwest express our great pain and empathy for the victims and survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of priests, their superiors and other representatives of the Church who chose not to protect the children. This is a time of…

“extending the table”- a photo recap of the annual seattle benefit

On May 20th the JVC Northwest community gathered to celebrate another year of service with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (Portland, OR ’89-90) and Brother Fred Mercy, S.J. Ferguson spoke on this year’s theme of “Extending the Table” and how his year with JVC Northwest influenced his decision to go to law school and his work as Attorney General today.     This…

sit, listen, accompany: jv reflection from the seattle benefit

At our annual Seattle Benefit on May 20, current JV Hannah Legatzke (Seattle ’17-18) reflected on her experience at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Below is an excerpt from her moving speech about “Extending the Table,” the theme of our 2017- 2018 JV program year: “I have found that extending the table is more than just the opportunity for people to come together over…

20 jv positions open: you can still make a difference!- jvc northwest blog

  It’s not too late to address pressing needs in Northwest communities. As of late June, JVC Northwest still has 20+ positions open for the 2018-19 service year, running August 2018-July 2019! Considering applying (or know someone who should)? JVC Northwest is seeking 20+ applicants to address pressing community needs and create a lasting impact with partner agencies across the Northwest.…

Join Us May 20 for the Seattle Brunch!

Join us in extending the table at this year’s thirteenth annual Seattle Event! During this Sunday morning brunch, we will be hearing from our keynote speaker, Attorney General Bob Ferguson (’89-90)! We will also be honoring our longtime friend and supporter, Br. Fred Mercy with the Fr. Jack Morris, S.J. award and hearing from current JV, Hannah Legatzke on how she is extending the table…

community: the answer to moving gracefully in the world – featured fjv patrick vale (gresham, or ’13-14)

This month’s featured fjv, Patrick Vale (Gresham, OR ’13-14) explores how the defining aspect of his JV year, Community, has played a role in the years since completing his service. At the very end of our time together in Gresham, Ore., my housemates and I spent a weekend camping at Crater Lake in southern Oregon. Sitting beside the fire, Katie challenged us to summarize the preceding…

#jvreflects: extremists for love- jvc northwest blog

In the latest JV Reflects blog post, current JV Maddie Murphy reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for us to be Extremists for Love- and what this call means to her as a JV. Below is an excerpt from her piece on Ignatian Solidarity Network’s JV Reflects blog.   “On the celebration of the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I left my service site and went…

#jvreflects: let it rise – jvc northwest blog

In the latest #JVReflects blog post, current JV Rachel Swenarton reflects on how baking bread from scratch is more than just a new hobby: it’s also a metaphor in understanding her JV service at a needle exchange program in Anchorage. Below is an excerpt from her piece on Ignatian Solidarity Network’s blog.   “If the creation of fresh bread is indeed a metaphor, then I can’t help…