One strength of the JVC program is the breadth and depth of the type of work our Jesuit Volunteers (JVs) engage in. There are over 25 ministries, or types of work, represented among our current JV placements. Our JVs today are placed in over 250 different agencies within 37 cities throughout the US, and six countries. Among those partner agencies, 25 percent are Jesuit works. Throughout the interview process, applicants work with staff to discuss their interest, desires and experiences, and how those can best serve where the need is greatest with one of our partner agencies.
Hover over the different categories of service below to see an example of one of the placement agencies in each category.
Year Founded: 2009
JVC partner for: 1 years
Population Served: Back on My Feet (BoMF) members struggle with overcoming addiction, returning from incarceration, and/or homelessness.
Organization Description: BoMF is a national organization (based in 11 cities) that uses the influence of running to help homeless individuals gain self-confidence, connect with their larger community, and ultimately connect with employment and independent housing. During a challenging time in her life, BoMF founder Anne Malhum regularly ran past the same group of men outside a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. She developed a rapport with the men and was struck with the idea that they might also benefit from running. She received permission to start a running club with nine men living there, and it became clear that the experience was about more than running. She ultimately founded BoMF, in which members run together on teams alongside community volunteers as a means toward empowerment, accountability, and self-sufficiency.
JV’s Role: BoMF Baltimore partners with four different residential facilities downtown. The JV assists with many levels of programming, including facilitating morning runs, meetings and orientations. Teams of residential members and volunteers run together three mornings a week at 5:30am.The JV also helps coordinates races and events, and performs intakes, goal-setting, and follow up meetings with participants. BoMF hosts JVs in several cities where it has local chapters.
New Orleans, LA
Year Founded: 1999
JVC partner for: 12 years
Population Served: Guests are currently or previously homeless individuals, predominantly men; the majority who are chronically homeless and/or have a mental illness.
Organization Description: Until 2013, the Harry Thompson Center (HTC) was the only day center for the city’s homeless population. It serves over 150 individuals daily through case management, housing placement, showers, laundry, hygiene kits, restrooms, medical services, legal services, psychiatric services, eye care, medical supplies, phone services, cell phone charging services, bicycle services, haircuts, computer services, educational classes, clothing distribution and more! Jesuit priest Harry Tompson founded HTC at the parish center of the Church of the Immaculate Conception to provide the homeless with a place to shower, wash clothes, and rest in a peaceful environment. By the time Hurricane Katrina struck, the Center was seeing up to 275 people daily and was severely damaged by flooding. A beautiful new center was established in 2007 in collaboration with two other non-profits, which now provides “comprehensive one-stop shop” for individuals experiencing homelessness, serving both physical needs and also attending to the whole person with respect and compassion.
JV’s Role: Two JVs work here in separate locations. At one site, the JV coordinates the center and arrives early when it opens to supervise the part-time staff whom s/he works alongside. The JV’s other primary duties are to coordinate the shower and laundry services and provide referrals to other services when needed. The Center can get very busy but also provides an excellent opportunity to develop relationships with the regular guests.
How JVs Make an Impact: “JVs have been vital to the success and effectiveness of our agency for the past eight years. Since HTC has such a small staff, the role the JVs play is critical for they are, in some respects, our most public face.”
Year Founded: 2000
JVC partner for: 2 years
Population Served: Youth aged 14-23 who have experienced significant trauma and chronic stress, many of whom speak Spanish.
Organization Description: Hopeworks offers a day-training program for students not enrolled in school and a summer and afterschool program to high school students in web design, GIS, literacy and formation. The pastoral teams of three Camden churches (Lutheran and Catholic) founded Hopeworks collaboratively, and until 2015 a founding Jesuit priest was the director. Over 1,200 youth have visited Hopeworks and trainees have gone on to get jobs, attend college, and earn GEDs. Hopeworks trainees have developed websites for more than 400 paying clients and the GIS business has served more than 60 clients, producing parcel maps, digitizing land use information, and creating online mapping functionality with Google Maps.
JV’s Role: The JV is primarily responsible for working with alumni of the training program and serves as a resource and mentor to the youth when they are seeking next steps. The JV also tracks alums’ employment and education outcomes and makes sure they are invited to and play meaningful roles in important events at Hopeworks. Additionally, the JV helps organize the community through facilitating a community council to maintain the garden and other community initiatives.
Year Founded: 2005
JVC partner for: 6 years
Population Served: The Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhood communities, who are largely Dominican and Latino
Organization Description: The Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia (Altagracia Center for Faith and Justice) is a work of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is informed by Ignatian spirituality. It was formed in response to the unmet needs of the Dominican community of the Washington Heights area. Over the past eight years, the Centro has helped to organize various initiatives, including the first Northern Manhattan Housing March and the first Catholic Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The organization also brings a busload of community residents to Albany on Catholic Public Policy Day to advocate for their community needs.
JV’s Role: Centro is a grassroots organization that creates projects based on needs of the community, offering the JV a unique opportunity to work in the community where s/he lives. The responsibilities of the JV depend on the projects happening at Centro but include supporting the health education and outreach program and providing intake for housing clients. Other projects at the Centro include parish-based social ministry teams, tenant assistance, immigrant rights, service learning, retreat program, domestic violence education and more.
How JVs Make an Impact: “Having a JV keeps us connected with other Jesuit works and allows us to keep ‘teaching.'”
Year Founded: 1974
JVC partner for: 16 years
Population Served: L’Arche Core Members are adults with intellectual disabilities
Organization Description: L’Arche Mobile is part of the international federation of L’Arche communities in which people with intellectual disabilities and those who help them live, work, and share their lives together in a faith community. L’Arche was founded during 1964 in Trosly, France by Jean Vanier who has become internationally known for his ability to share the Gospel message with both the poor and/or intellectually disabled, as well as with the educated and the privileged. There are now 140+ communities in 36 countries. The Mobile community began in 1974. It consists of four homes and an activity center for people with an intellectual disability.
JV’s Role: The JV spends the majority of time accompanying the Core Members in their daily activities such as arts and crafts, going for walks, preparing meals, and simply being present. The activity center focuses on the needs and abilities of each person. Typical projects include activities such as recycling paper to make stationery, weaving and card making, drawing and painting. JVs serve in L’Arche communities in a number of cities around the country.
How JVs Make an Impact: “By introducing to the JVs our population, many have become lifelong supporters at other L’Arche communities and in other agencies serving similar populations, supporting our mission in many other roles.”
Year Founded: 2013
JVC partner for: 2 years
Population Served: High school students who come from limited economic means
Organization Description: Cristo Rey schools are a ministry of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and use a unique curriculum that combines academics, extracurricular programs, and professional work experience to prepare students for success in college and beyond. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is the Cristo Rey Network’s 26th school. The school opened with a freshman class of 163 in the fall of 2014 with the support of over 40 corporate work-study sponsors. The school utilizes a longer school day and year, structured academic assistance, and counseling support to prepare students for college. All students participate in a unique Corporate Work Study Program through which they develop important skills and finance the majority of the cost of their education.
JV’s Role: The JV helps to coordinate the Corporate Work Study Program, and provides daily direction and supervision to students concerning their work-study placements. The JV may also assist the efforts of the Director of Development in fundraising and marketing activities, and will supervise the Cristo Rey students who are assigned to work in that office. JVs work at a number of Cristo Rey schools around the country, supporting the work-study program, development, campus ministry, and more.
How JVs Make an Impact: “As a new school it has been enormously beneficial to have a Jesuit Volunteer on staff to help fill in where needed. Our JV is a role model for our students; for many, this is their first exposure to the rigors of Jesuit education, and because our JV is a product of the same, he was able to encourage our students to put in the work to succeed.”
Los Angeles, CA
Year Founded: 1984
JVC partner for: 26 years
Population Served: Individuals experiencing unemployment and underemployment
Organization Description: Chrysalis’ philosophy is that a steady job is the single most important step in a person’s transition out of poverty. Offering a hand up rather than a hand out, Chrysalis empowers its clients to complete a self-directed job search. Chrysalis’ roots can be traced back to when John Dillon came to Los Angeles as a JV to work on Skid Row, assisting the area’s homeless population. He founded Chrysalis as a food and clothing distribution center, and as the agency grew, it became clear that long-term solutions were needed in order to eradicate poverty and homelessness. Chrysalis has developed an effective and nationally recognized program to help low-income individuals become job ready.
JV’s Role: The Employment Specialist at Chrysalis works directly to orient, assess, and provide employment consultation to clients. The JV helps to assess new clients, assist with writing resumes, and provides information and referrals about training programs and educational opportunities. The JV also organizes and implements job and interview workshops. Clients meet weekly with the JV to talk about the job search and stay in touch even after the client has found work.
How JVs Make an Impact: “One of the MANY benefits we have seen from partnering with JVC is that we have been fortunate enough to hire volunteers as full-time staff when relevant openings are available.”
Year Founded: 1975
JVC partner for: 23 years
Population Served: Homeless and low-income individuals from all backgrounds
Organization Description: Preble Street provides accessible, barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and also advocates for solutions to those problems. Preble Street was founded as a neighborhood center for homeless people and has operated a day shelter since 1981, providing basic services, advocacy, and linkage to community resources for healthcare, mental health treatment, and employment. In 2005, Preble Street opened the first low-barrier permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless adults in Maine. In 2009, Preble Street established the Maine Hunger Initiative, which develops a action plan to promote best practices in food pantry work and advocate for systemic change.
JV’s Role: The JV at Preble Street helps to manage three kitchens at three different sites, which provide 9 meals a day to 40-60 teens, 40-60 women, and 400-600 adults and families. Combined with the food pantry, the JV helps to serve 570,000 meals to clients who struggle with complex challenges such as poor health, mental illness, substance abuse, and language barriers. The JV also manages the groups of volunteers that come daily to help with meal distribution.
How JVs Make an Impact: “JVs have a history of leadership in our food programs, both providing an urgent direct service to the most vulnerable people in our communities and also acting as a bridge between the people we serve and the broader community on whom we depend for support. We also depend on them for the enthusiasm, values, thoughtfulness, resourcefulness, and diligence they bring to work with disadvantaged people and their sense of hope and commitment to social justice.”
Year Founded: 1992
JVC partner for: 13 years
Population Served: Low-income individuals, half who speak a language other than English as a first language.
Organization Description: The clinic serves people who often arrive with severe health needs due to not having resources to address their health issues sooner. It provides 14,000 medical visits and 1000 mental health visits annually and includes screening programs, chronic disease self-management, prevention education programs, and more. The clinic’s efforts are geared toward establishing independence, helping people understand the connection between self-care and health and how to manage health issues in the midst of dealing with poverty. The original clinic opened as a service project of Aurora Family Practice Residency training program. It opened in a homeless shelter and has moved 3 times in order to expand capacity. The original one exam room clinic now has 12 exam rooms and 20 paid staff working with 40 volunteers to serve 4,000 patients each year.
JV’s Role: The JV’s role includes taking patients’ histories and vitals, phlebotomy, and lab work. Training is provided and it is excellent experience for someone seeking to enter the field of health care. The JV also supports the day-to-day operations at the Clinic, including managing the inventory of medications, and managing the online program which coordinates medication distribution for patients.
How JVs Make an Impact: “New and creative ideas from the JV have added something unique to the program each year.”
Year Founded: 1991
JVC partner for: 4 years
Population Served: Very low-income individuals, especially those who are elderly or disabled, and working families.
Organization Description: Community Home Repair concentrates its efforts on home repair and safety adaptations, completing over 1000 projects annually through the efforts of long-term and part-time volunteers. Clients are encouraged to contribute to the work, by providing labor themselves or through family members or friends, or contributing financially if they are able.
JV’s Role: The JV goes out into the field every day to do home repair work, an active hands-on job. This includes plumbing, carpentry, roof repair, electrical repair, and heating & cooling. JVs are trained on the job–no previous house repair skills necessary. Staff and volunteers, including the JV, are encouraged to take time to listen to clients and view them as whole people, not simply as an occupant of a home that needs technical work.
How JVs Make an Impact: “We have had a good experience with each of our JVs; we are a strong and diverse agency and are made so by the wide support of volunteers, including the JV, local volunteers, and seasonal volunteers.”
Year Founded: 1985
JVC partner for: 6 years
Population Served: immigrant women and children (primarily Spanish-speakers) escaping domestic and cultural violence
Organization Description: Casa Marianella offers housing and social services to immigrants from Latin America as well as asylum seekers from Africa. Its shelters are home to over 400 people every year. Its mission is to create community with Latin American immigrants and international refugees by providing hospitality and promoting self-sufficiency. Casa provides immediate safe housing, food, clothing, access to medical care, comprehensive case management and English and life-skills education. Casa Marianella was founded by the Austin Interfaith Task Force for Central America to address the needs of a segment of the homeless population not adequately served by mainstream shelters: newly-arrived homeless immigrants living in fear. Casa remains the only shelter program in Austin specifically for homeless immigrants.
JV’s Role: The JV works in the shelter for single women and their children escaping domestic violence. The JV accompanies the families in their daily life, including going to doctor’s and lawyer’s appointments, helping clients look for housing, and connecting them with resources. The JV both staffs the shelter for several shifts a week and acts as case manager, helping women develop goals and a plan to achieve them, and checking in regularly on those plans.
How JVs Make an Impact: “JVs are strongly committed to the work we do and quickly become part of our team. Without JVs, we would not have enough staff to provide the necessary level of services and personal time for our residents. As the intensity of our residents’ needs increases, the JVs become even more valuable with their strong compassion and commitment to helping immigrants thrive in the U.S.”
San Jose, CA
Year Founded: 1978
JVC partner for: 22 years
Population Served: Very low-income individuals who are living with mental health and developmental disabilities, many of whom are homeless
Organization Description: The Mental Health Advocacy Project (MHAP)’s mission is to empower people with mental health and developmental disabilities to live more independent, secure, and satisfying lives through the enforcement of their legal rights. MHAP provides legal advocacy and services to over 4,000 clients each year. MHAP was founded a group of Santa Clara County Bar Association leaders who recognized that the community needed to empower traditionally underrepresented individuals by providing free access to the legal system. MHAP and JVC have a 20-year relationship that reflects the shared values of the organizations, and a number of FJVs have worked at the Law Foundation. JVs serve in multiple positions at MHAP.
JV’s Role: The JV has the unique opportunity to manage cases and work directly with clients who have landlord/tenant problems, eviction notices, or need disability accommodations. S/he represents clients in hearings and provides clients with housing resources. The JV also works in the intake unit, determining new potential clients’ eligibility and assessing their needs. The JV may also organize community outreach events.
How JVs Make an Impact: “The JVs at MHAP have always been an integral part of our program and are central to our ability to deliver high quality legal services. We serve hundreds more clients each year with the assistance of JVs. In addition, MHAP can participate in more outreaches and community events.”
St. Francis, SD
Year Founded: 1888
JVC partner for: 6 years
Population Served: The Lakota people of the Sioux tribe of the Rosebud Reservation, including 200 children in five communities
Organization Description: St. Francis Mission provides holistic services to the Lakota people through its parishes. The mission is a work of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and the work is suffused with the Jesuit charism. Jesuits work alongside Lakota leaders who work in the parish offices. The origins of the mission are traced to 1877 when chiefs of the Lakota and Ogalala tribes met with President Rutherford B. Hayes and requested that the “Black Robes” come and educate their people. The Jesuits were invited to the Rosebud Reservation to begin a school, and a year later a priest and three Franciscan sisters established the Mission School. St. Francis Mission has broadened its outreach to include parish ministry, the KINI radio station, religious education, alcohol recovery programs, a dental clinic, and a suicide prevention hotline.
JV’s Role: Several JVs live together in community on the reservation and support several of the Mission’s programs. The JVs have excellent opportunities to learn about and actively engage the local Native culture. The Religious Education Teacher works with the Lakota children and their families, and also has the opportunity to help with Sunday services, the KINI radio station, the Family Recovery Program, the museum, and the dental clinic. JVs serve for two years in St. Francis as a vital part of cultural immersion on the Rez.
How JVs Make an Impact: “The JVs provide a great sense of energy and passion to the work they do. They bring creativity and a lot of care to the children they work with. They also provide great connections between the various offices of the Mission.”
Year Founded: 1969
JVC partner for: 14 years
Population Served: At-risk youth (ages 13-21) who are without a home
Organization Description: Oasis programs provide life-changing opportunities to nearly 3000 youth each year, which include clinical and residential services and youth engagement programs. Oasis Center began in 1970 as Rap House, with the goal of providing non-traditional community-based care for runaway and homeless youth experiencing drug and alcohol-related problems. Oasis House was created six years later to provide emergency shelter and counseling for runaway and homeless youth. In 2009, Oasis Center and several other agencies moved into a new facility together to form the Youth Opportunity Center. The Center serves thousands of young people facing challenges through 20 different programs offering health care, job assistance, counseling, education support, emergency residential services, college counseling, and leadership opportunities—all under one roof.
JV’s Role: The JV helps coordinate the outreach center, which offers homeless youth a place to shower, do laundry, find clothes, eat lunch, connect with resources in the community, or just step away from the stresses of street survival. The outreach center also offers emergency beds for a few youth. The JV also routinely goes out to the streets on Friday evenings, to meet the youth where they are and provide information and resources.
How JVs Make an Impact: “Often the JVs have little experience working with this population but their passion and willingness to connect and love the youth make them excellent employees. We feel energized and renewed when we work with them. Having JVs has helped us deepen the level of services we offer youth who are experiencing homelessness.”
Year Founded: 1976
JVC partner for: 15 years
Population Served: Women and children escaping domestic violence, who may also be facing poverty, minimal education, unemployment, substance abuse, and mental illness.
Organization Description: Women Against Abuse (WAA) is an emergency and transitional shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. It was founded as a part-time hotline in a women’s center, but now operates the largest domestic violence program in Pennsylvania. At the time of WAA’s founding, services for women suffering from domestic violence were almost unheard of. After early conversations with survivors, WAA leaders responded to hotline callers’ most frequently expressed need, the need for refuge, by establishing an emergency shelter in a small rented house. Three years later, the organization expanded its staff and facilities, and in 2007 relocated again to host a 100-bed facility which serves as a temporary home to over 600 women and children each year.
JV’s Role: The JV at WAA is given thorough training on trauma informed care and domestic violence in order to become a more informed case manager for the women she works with at the shelter. JVs are given their own case load to manage after shadowing another case manager. The JV advocates for women and children in a variety of city systems and helps clients access services and resources.
How JVs Make an Impact: “Having a JV has meant that we are able to maintain smaller caseloads, up to 10 fewer clients per case manager. Given the nature of our work and the trauma experiences of our clients, being able to keep caseloads lower and provide increased 1-on-1 attention is critical to our success.”
St. Louis, MO
Year Founded: 1983
JVC partner for: 20 years
Population Served: individuals who are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and/or the early stages of substance abuse recovery
Organization Description: The St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest homeless service centers and provides services including day shelters, meal programs, job training, and employment services. In the early 1980s, St. Patrick’s founder was moved when seeing a group of people outside in the bitter cold, with no place to be welcomed in. With the encouragement of Catholic Charities, in 1983, early growth of St. Patrick Center began. Since then, nearly 8,700 people have been helped each year through the housing, employment and health programs. The City Seeds Urban Farm was established in 1996.
JV’s Role: The JV coordinates a therapeutic urban farming program, and his/her primary duties include guiding clients in professional and life skills through weekly farm activities. S/he transports and supervises the clients at the farms and teaches weekly horticultural classes. The JV also conducts intake of clients, assists with grant writing, and develops value-added products.
How JVs Make an Impact: “The JVs are always happy to help in any way they can. They are eager to learn about the problems of disadvantaged adults and work toward eliminating barriers to success for these individuals. The JVs’ eagerness to learn is contagious; other staff pick up on it.”
Our international placements are focused on JVC’s partnership with the Society of Jesus and aligned with their educational and pastoral ministries across the world.
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Year Founded: 2008
Population Served: Primary school-aged boys and girls from the surrounding neighborhood and a local orphanage.
Organization Description: Gonzaga Primary School is supported by the Sisters of the Company of Mary whose charism focuses on education, similarly to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The Society of Jesus in Eastern Africa was formally established in 1986, and opened Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam in 1995. Nearby Gonzaga Preparatory and Primary School was later opened by the Jesuits to serve children of the local neighborhood, especially from a nearby orphanage which had a partnership with the Loyola High School. The school opened with 200 students in 2008.
JV’s Role: JVs placed here serve as English teachers. Classroom sizes are large (about 35 students). The JVs have the opportunity to take on additional extracurricular activities such as clubs, sports, library and the school magazine.
How JVs Make an Impact: “It is beneficial to have native English teachers prepare our students for the national exams. The JVs offer different insights into the English language, and bring hearts ready to serve.”
Year Founded: 1986
Population Served: Children and young people who are at risk in their socio-economic and family contexts (about 100 elementary school students and 30 high school students)
Organization Description: Centro Cristo Rey (Christ the King Center) is an organization promoted by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) which cares for young people in situations of poverty. The Centro was founded by Jeff Thielman, a former Jesuit Volunteer, over a multi-year process with the assistance of Father Fred Green SJ, the families of Colegio Cristo Rey students, and the families of the Centro students. It first started as an outreach to working children who shined shoes, carried water in the cemetery, and did other jobs. Today, there are 35 staff, including a number of international volunteers. Children receive homework help and attend skill-building workshops, including a citizen and faith leadership program. The Centro also provides classes to 100 youth who have dropped out of school.
JV’s Role: The JV has the opportunity to help students with homework, coordinate the youth leadership and faith group and help with other children’s programs.
Punta Gorda, Belize
Year Founded: 1862
JVC partner for: 23 years
Population Served: Catholics in the town of Punta Gorda and the 30 Maya missions in the surrounding Toledo district, particularly children and school teachers.
Organization Description: St. Peter Claver parish serves the southern town of Punta Gorda of 5,000 people. Residents of P.G. are Garifuna and Kriol, while inhabitants of the surrounding villages are Q’eqchi’ Maya. St. Peter Claver parish was built by a Belgian Jesuit in the mid-19th century and over the years was the center for other ministries including a credit union, a secondary school, and schools in each of the mission villages.
Jesuits from the Missouri Province have accompanied the people of Belize since 1895 (British and Belgian Jesuits had arrived several decades earlier), and have parishes in Punta Gorda (in a rural southern, underdeveloped region of country) and in Belize City. Along with the parish there is a primary school by the same name, and in Belize City the Jesuits direct St. John’s College. Belize was the first community of JVC, formerly Jesuit International Volunteers (JIV), which opened in 1984. JVs were placed primarily in the northern districts of Belize and eventually started communities in Belize City and Punta Gorda.
JV’s Role: The JV supports the work of the parish, and has a close connection with the Jesuits. The work includes planning and facilitating the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, the Altar Server Program, and the Religious Education Teacher Training Program for Catholic School teachers in the Toledo District. S/he also supports the liturgical committee and the youth coordinator in all things youth ministry. The JV helps with Confirmation retreats for students in 7th Grade and teacher retreats (for all Catholic School teachers in the Toledo district). The JV works out of the St. Peter Claver Parish Office when they are not traveling out into the villages to lead retreats.
How JVs Make an Impact: “We love having JVs work with us. They bring youth, enthusiasm, energy, fresh ideas and smile easily. They help with programs we wouldn’t otherwise have, like altar servers and training for our religion teachers.”
Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
Year Founded: 1952
JVC partner for: 30 years
Population Served: 150-200 students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds
Organization Description: Xavier High School, the first Jesuit High School in Micronesia, is a co-ed high school with male student boarding. Xavier is considered the best high school in all of Micronesia and students come from many different Pacific Islands to attend. Since the Second World War U.S. Jesuits of the Northeast Province have had communities in the FSM. In 1952, the Catholic Church asked the Jesuits to establish a secondary school in the location of a former Japanese radio station building that was bombed out by the U.S. during WWII. That year, Xavier High School opened its doors to 21 local boys, and the following year attracted students from other Pacific Islands. In 1976, Xavier High School accepted the first female students.
JV’s Role: Throughout the years, JVs have taught every level and subject. JVs also take on additional responsibilities (college counseling, campus ministry, coaching, etc.). JVs live on Xavier’s campus in community and work with a diverse group of faculty and staff (including U.S. Jesuits, lay and religious from Micronesia, Japan, Australia, and the Philippines).
Akoyikoyi School, near Xavier, is a relatively new non-profit elementary school that seeks to blend Western education and local Chuukese culture. It is also a JV placement and seeks to become a feeder school for Xavier as its students age out of the school.
How JVs Make an Impact: “JVs capture the spirit of the magis. They are always willing to do more for the school and bring lots of creative ideas.”
Year Founded: 1988
JVC partner for: 2 years
Population Served: People aged 14-29
Organization Description: The Center for Communication and Popular Education (CANTERA) is a Nicaraguan NGO committed to working with some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in both urban and rural areas. Cantera was founded with an orientation sensitive to gender issues, as an offshoot of another Nicaraguan NGO that used popular education in work with farmers. Today, CANTERA has a staff of 45 people and numerous volunteers who work in five different programs in rural and urban communities: Early Childhood Development, Youth Development, Local Rural Development, Community Health and Alternative Medicine, and Popular Education Courses. CANTERA has a presence in two neighborhoods of Managua, Ciudad Sandino and several rural communities.
JV’s Role: Two JVs are currently placed at CANTERA. JVs participate in planned activities with the youth, teach English classes, tutor, tend the garden, facilitate personal and spiritual formation activities with local team members, and help with translations.
Year Founded: 1944
Population Served: People without stable homes who spend time on the streets
Organization Description: Hogar de Cristo (Home of Christ) is a Chilean NGO that provides over 800 projects that serve a variety of populations: women, homeless, people with alcohol and drug addictions, people who are unemployed, people with mental illness, disadvantaged children and youth, and elderly individuals. Hogar de Cristo was founded by Padre Alberto Hurtado, SJ to “create a home for those who do not have a roof.” Since its founding, Hogar de Cristo has expanded to become one of the predominant Chilean social service agencies.
JV’s Role: JVs have worked in either the men’s or women’s shelter in downtown Santiago. The JV works directly with the people served to provide programming and basic services, does street outreach, collaborates with social workers for case management, referrals, field visits and treatment plans, and conducts workshops.