Claire was raised in the small town of York, Maine. She attended Villanova University where she majored in Nursing. She will be serving as a Registered Nurse at St. Vincent de Paul Family Health Center in San Diego, CA. She’s looking forward to living in a new area of the country and exploring the causes of homelessness and what she can do about it.
I, Claire Leroux, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to lean into discomfort and push myself to grow in faith through intentional community.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
How did you develop a passion for service?
I grew up doing service, but my passion for it really developed in High School when I started going on mission trips. I met so many welcoming people who told me stories of some of the hardest things they’ve been through. Hearing their stories and seeing that they were still able to be optimistic inspired me to show others who are struggling that there is hope. Then when I went to Villanova University, I had so many different opportunities to serve both domestically and internationally, which opened my eyes to just how much work there is to be done in the world.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
I’ve been really inspired by Demi Lovato’s story and presence in the media recently. I think she is an incredible artist with a truly incredible voice, but she’s also not afraid to appear weak in the news. It’s so important for people, especially teenagers, to see that no one is perfect and just because someone is in the spotlight doesn’t mean they aren’t dealing with their own struggles.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
Little Princes by Conor Grennan
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
There are so many. If I have to pick one, I would say mental health because it seems to me like the issue has gotten a lot worse in recent years. Some people chalk this up to social media and the desire for everyone to appear perfect, but I think people have to become more comfortable talking about their feelings and their needs. There are no words to describe what it’s like when someone you love takes their own life, and I can’t begin to describe the feeling of knowing that you could have done something to prevent it if you had only known what was happening. I want to encourage everyone to say something to a loved one if they seem distant or seem like they’ve changed.
Best moment as an AV to date?
The first night we arrived in San Diego, our neighbor Deac invited us to have dinner with him and the other friars living in his house. We walked in and he was playing the Beach Boys, how California is that? He made us homemade carnitas tacos with homemade salsa and vanilla ice cream with strawberries for dessert. After dinner he began teaching us how to surf on the surfboard he has set up in his living room. It really set the tone for the whole Southern California experience.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
There’s always something to do and it’s always nice out! We’ve gone to a different beach every weekend, explored parks and farmers markets, and are excited to go hiking in the area!
One word that describes your community-living experience is…