Sunday, August 2, 2009

Almost There

We've got about a week before we leave our home that we have come to love here in Minneapolis, and head for a home that we will come to love in El Paso. (yeehaw, or andale arriba!)

On August 11 we will begin our year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The JVC is a Christian social service organization that connects non-profit agencies with volunteers, and also provides those volunteers with spiritual direction and support through community.

During our search for a new way to follow Jesus, we found our values to be lined up with the JVC's main values of living simply, keeping faith, doing justice, and building community. On top of this, we feel drawn to use our energy to come alongside the marginalized population among us.

We will be working with the Hispanic border population in a couple different ways. Leticia will be volunteering with Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services as a legal assistant. She will work with people to help them attain citizenship, housing and employment. Chris will be volunteering with Sacred Heart Church's Job-Readiness and Community Outreach Programs.

We will be living in a house in downtown El Paso with two or three other Jesuit Volunteers. Our housing, food, and basic necessities will be provided by the agencies with whom we volunteer. However, we have been asked to raise a bit* of money to aid the agencies in order to make this all possible. The Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services and Sacred Heart Church will benefit from this financial contribution, and will be able to devote their resources to those in need.
*$500 each!

If it is possible for you to contribute to our service, you can do it in a couple of different ways.

  • Donate online
  • or send a check payable to Jesuit Volunteer Corps to:
PO Box 3126
Houston TX 77253

(please be sure to note our names in the memo :) )

We will be sharing our experiences and pictures in this blog and we look forward to keeping in touch while in El Pasito.

We are very grateful for your time and your contributions. Muchísimas gracias.

Leticia & Chris

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