Family Together: Wagner 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. (l) Tyler Wagner (Portland, OR ’15-16) and (r) Joe Wagner (Portland, OR ’19-20) — Joe Wagner (Portland, OR ’19-20) It was a dark gray day and the clouds had swallowed any hope of having a view of Mt. St. Helen’s. Ice cold rain pelted our rain…

Family Together: Hayes Family

Reflections on Re-Centering and Family Please help support current and future JVs by giving to our year-end Family Together Campaign. Taylor Hayes (Yakima, WA ’18-19, Omak, WA ’19-20) and Maddie Hayes (Anchorage, AK ’19-20) Re-Center Together. The phrase adorns the JVC Northwest shirts distributed to us at Orientation, reminding us of the myriad reasons why we chose JVC Northwest:…

JV Reflection – Jethro Macaraeg (Portland, OR ’19-20)

The Fall BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] Retreat led me on a path back home to myself. To me, returning “back home to myself’ meant recognizing, welcoming, and celebrating my truth – my identity lived out fully. I entered JVC Northwest bringing with me years of shame, frustration, and burden from navigating spaces where I was visibly and culturally distinct. My four months…

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…