Re-Centering and the Sending Forth Mass Symbol

A passage written and read by JV Program staff during our Sending Forth Mass for the 2019-20 JVs, August 9, 2019. We call this Mass the “Sending Forth Mass” as our final gathering.  This week we have been preparing JVs to send them off to carry on the vision and values of JVC Northwest.  Savoring the gifts of this week, we hope the JVs feel held and supported by the entire JVC Northwest community…

A new #JVReflects by Shea Kelly-Buckley (Bend, OR ’18-19)

A new blog post on the Ignation Solidarity Network by Shea Kelly-Buckley (Bend, OR ’18-19). “Acknowledging real scarcity requires change in the ways we structure, fund, and support programs and services that accompany folks through the hard stuff. Even more fundamentally, it requires that we are active in changing and re-creating the structures and systems that cause folks to experience the…

Living in Community

Mary Doherty (Fairbanks, AK ’68-69) is featured in Gonzaga University’s news, events & stories page. “I believe that JVC Northwest is part of a larger community, so I’ve always had a big focus on the community around us, as well,” Doherty said. “If you know what young people need and listen really well, you can help with those next steps.” We celebrate Mary Doherty’s…

Urgent Opportunities to Serve with JVC Northwest

Are you passionate about housing, education, and/or healthcare? We are looking for JVs to serve in these service areas and more! Read more about our urgent opportunities below and apply to serve today! Applications, including references, must be submitted by June 30. Addie (Omak, WA ’18-19) supports the youth of the 12 tribes of the Colville Reservation by providing tutoring in math and reading. Academic…

“A Fiery Passion” – an interview with Emma Rizk (Morris House, Portland, OR ’18-19)

How did you decide to apply to become a JV? I found out about JVC Northwest because my sister was a JV with JVC based in Baltimore, MD. She served at a domestic violence shelter in Detroit and then went on to school to become a doctor, but I know her service informs her perspective on healthcare now. I was searching for my next step when I graduated and I saw that JVC Northwest was an option, so I…

#JVReflects by Shea Kelly-Buckley (Bend, OR ’18-19)

#JVReflects Repost by Shea Kelly-Buckley (Bend, OR ’18-19) on the Ignatian Solidarity Network blog. “When a relationship is built in a way that is honest and humble, mutual and laden with respect, it offers a foundation upon which those who have built it can rest.” Read more of Shea’s post on the ISN Blog.          

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,…