Come to the Table…by Sister Kathy Roberg, JV EnCorps member (Spokane, WA ’17-19)

Folks come to the round, hard, iron seats at the fold-up cafeteria tables at the House of Charity. Come, sit, talk. I’m in their zone for a while, then they vanish – to where? We’ve exchanged names–some names change each week, as people aren’t always wanting to use their real names. But many use real names; I remember and call them by name. This real name gives them dignity. We’ve done…

“Re-Unioned for Life” by Bill Kelly (Omak ‘69 -71)

Re-Unioned with Life Bill Kelly (Omak ‘69 -71)   Yeah, I was there ’69 – ’71. I went to teach but was taught: how to play when to be silent innocent curiosity radical simplicity unflinching fairness true fatigue what to watch for excitement of exploration ridiculous optimism.   I was reunited with what had been educated out of me by degrees: my original spirit.   My passion released burned…

“The Growth I was Looking For” by Zac Oldham (Woodburn ’18-19)

Zac Oldham (Woodburn ’18-19) spoke to a small crowd at an event JVC Northwest held at the University of Portland on January 19, 2019 prior to the UP versus Gonzaga men’s basketball game. Zac is serving at the After School Club in Woodburn, OR. I am a Gonzaga Grad with a mechanical engineering degree and a current JV in Woodburn OR. So you might be wondering, why I would choose a program like JVC…

The Ripple Effect of Justice by Cat Driscoll (Missoula, MT ’18-19)

#JVReflects by Cat Driscoll (Missoula, MT ’18-19) serving at Family Promise as Housing Advocate Navigator. I am embarrassed to admit what has surprised me the most in the past four months that I have been serving at Family Promise in Missoula, Montana. What has shocked me is not the difficult conversations I have had with my roommates about social justice, or the copious amounts of expired milk,…

Ecological Justice Starts at Home by Gabby Hiestand Salgado (Bethel, AK ’18-19)

#JVReflects by Gabby Hiestand Salgado (Bethel, AK ’18-19) serving at KYUK TV/Radio as Wellness Programming Producer. Climate change is coming to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In fact, one could easily argue that climate change has already made its way into the very way of life of the people here. The planet is changing. Storms are devastating the southeast United States at rates that are unbelievable.…

Leaders in Community by Diego Jones (Gresham, OR ’18-19 )

#JVReflects by Diego Jones (Gresham, OR ’18-19) serving at El Programa Hispano Católico (EPHC) as Sexual Violence Prevention Educator & Domestic/Sexual Violence Interventionist. When I first decided to do a year of service with Projecto Unica, an organization that focuses on providing social services to Latinx survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Metro-area of Portland…

Making a Home Away from Home by Caroline Fenton (Ashland, MT ’18-19)

#JVReflects by Caroline Fenton (Ashland, MT ’18-19) serving at St. Labre Indian School as Dormitory Mentor 1. “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…

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…

JVC Northwest Response to 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…