Building and Sustaining Positive Relationships

JV AmeriCorps member Caitlin Shehane serves at The Center for Children and Families in Billings, Montana. She shares her experience being a part of a community that supports and empowers children and families to overcome hardships and reach their full potential. I am currently serving as a Children’s Services Aide at The Center for Children and Families in Billings,…

The Backpack Project

JV AmeriCorps member Josie Gomez serves at the James John Elementary SUN School. Part of her role includes boosting food security for the children and families participating in SUN School afterschool programming.   I have never known what it was like to not have enough food to eat at home–the fridge and the cupboards were…

World AIDS Day

JV AmeriCorps member April Long serves as the Activities and Events Coordinator for the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Services. To commemorate World AIDS Day, April shares some reflections on her time so far in the HIV Day Center in Portland, OR. From the moment I walked into Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center, I…

Miracle Runners

Sarah Brewster is currently serving as a second year Jesuit Volunteer/AmeriCorps member in Portland, Oregon, as the Recreation Coordinator at the Volunteers of America (VoA) Men’s Residential Center (MRC).  When I first arrived at the Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Center, I could never have imagined what scheduling recreations like laser tag, pottery painting, and…

AmeriCorps Assistant Visits New Avenues

This week, we have a post from Hilary Titus, the Administrative assistant for AmeriCorps for JVC Northwest. In the fall, I had a chance to get out of the office and shadow JV AmeriCorps member Connie Humann at her placement New Avenues for Youth in Portland, OR. New Avenues provides homeless and at-risk youth a…

34 Million Refugees, One at a Time

Shane Young is serving his second year as a JV AmeriCorps member in Gresham, OR, as a Refugee Advocate for the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program. 34 Million. That is an immense number when you think about it. 34 Million of anything is a lot. However, what if the 34 Million are people, human beings…