A Ministry of Presence, Crystal Zimmer (Tacoma, WA ’04-05)

I entered Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in the fall of 2005, having just graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Anthropology and Peace Studies. I was not sure exactly where life was going to take me, but I had a vague notion of going to Africa with Jesuit Volunteer Corps International and returning after a few decades with a PhD in anthropology. Marriage and motherhood were…

Yes! by JV EnCorps member, Gloria Kempton (Seattle, WA ’18-20)

“Would you be interested in a prison chaplaincy?” the dark-haired young man asked as he plopped down in the chair beside me. “What?!” Was he serious? “Would you…” “Yes!” Yes? What was I saying? I didn’t even know what a prison chaplaincy was. I mean, I knew what it was, but I didn’t know anything about what a chaplain did. Or didn’t do. Or anything in between. Our JV EnCorps…

“Ruined for Life” or: The Whole Concoction…Was Pretty Good

Laurie Graves (St. Mary’s, AK ’80-81, Portland Staff ‘82-83) After some 18 happy years of trying to climb the corporate ladder at Tektronix, I was looking at my empty house when my youngest child left for college. Then, at my church I saw a poster about what was then called JVC: Northwest. Shortly thereafter, I was on my way to a remote village in Alaska where I would help cook for a boarding…

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…