True Service as a State of Mind
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True Service as a State of Mind

At the beginning of my time as an AV, my understanding of service within the context of this year was largely tied to the physical space that is my service site. Every morning I’d commute to the school on the other side of the city where I’d perform my unpredictable array of tasks and establish...

Current Status: Online
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Current Status: Online

To say this year has been unique is a definite understatement. It is nothing I have ever experienced before. From August to March, I was living with three other people, sharing time and resources, in a new city. Together, Jacob, Claire, Keara and I grew as we experienced this new life. My favorite moments, outside...

Symbols of Service
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Symbols of Service

In my year of experience as an AV, there have been countless people and ideas I have run into to challenge and mold my understanding of what it means to practice service. The most inspirational of which has constantly been my supervisor at my placement at HIAS Pennsylvania, Shaloo. When I first got to know...

Putting Our Service to the Test
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Putting Our Service to the Test

One thing that is unique to this experience thus far that I was not anticipating… I laughed when I saw this prompt in the midst of this pandemic. I volunteer as a Registered Nurse at St. Vincent de Paul Village Health Center in San Diego, CA. We serve people at risk of or experiencing homelessness....

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
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Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Sitting down to write this blog seems like a precarious use of my time. The world is currently enduring through a remarkable period full of unknowns. Yet that is entirely why I want my blog to respond to the question “Where have you seen God present in your week?” This question holds new meaning for...

The One Who Carries the Team
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The One Who Carries the Team

In college, I found myself leading a lot of different groups. I love planning and organizing events and I did so many things that I almost always had the answers to questions. My senior year of college, I received a paper plate award for “The One Who Keri’s the Team”. I love a good pun...

Little Moments. Big Impact.
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Little Moments. Big Impact.

When I decided to do a year of service and became an Augustinian Volunteer, I will admit I was nervous to be living in a new city and to be working so closely with the homeless population in a small town in California. I had volunteered many times over the years and interned at a...

Different but the Same
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Different but the Same

Waking up at 4:10 each morning, I begin my morning routine to the local YMCA pool where I swim a few laps followed by running a few miles outside in shorts. It’s a funny feeling that I can do both of these things in the winter, but that is one of the many things I...

Growing In Community
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Growing In Community

When I accepted my year of service with the AV’s I had this picture of a three-person community already instilled in my brain. Then the news came in that I’d be living with one person and who to my surprise would be a man. I had this moment of panic because never in a million...

Small Town Familiarity In A Big City
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Small Town Familiarity In A Big City

When I first began the process for applying to this program and read the words “intentional community” in the description, I must admit I was nervous. Intentional community seemed so forced, and I started to think I would be walking into an entire year of discussion topics and ice breaker like events planned with two...

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