by Eileen Borczon, Oakland ’14
Xavier University ’14
Senior Homeless Case Manager, St Mary’s Center
Spending a year doing post-graduate service is choosing to live in a way that counters cultural norms. As a Jesuit Volunteer (JV), I live in community with three other JVs. Each of us works at different social service agencies serving the needs of the most vulnerable people. We pool all of our money to pay for rent, utilities, groceries, and transportation. We talk about spirituality, social justice, and simple living. We create an intentional community where we place the needs of others before our own and live in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, something that can be difficult to do. It’s quite different from how I have lived my entire life, but even on the most difficult days, the blessings and gifts that I have gained have made those difficult days worthwhile.