We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Year-Long Volunteer program! Are you or someone you know interested in serving those who are homeless and sick in Washington, DC, all while living in an intentional residential community? Learn more about volunteer positions, intentional community, answers to frequently asked questions, or apply now. Email completed applications and reference forms to YLV@christhouse.org. Applications should be submitted by February 15, 2016, although we will review applications until all positions are filled. **PLEASE NOTE: We are still taking applications. Contact Lizzie Bebber (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.**
Why serve as a year-long volunteer? We asked several of our current year-long volunteers why they decide to come to Christ House this year.
“I felt called to use privilege of education in service to others. The mission of Christ House to provide comprehensive, quality care to a marginalized population aligned with my goals of nursing. After speaking with staff at Christ House, I could see myself contributing to the mission of Christ House.”—Hannah Wirtz, volunteer nurse and Loyola Chicago grad
“I see the need in our society for better medical care and focus in our underserved populations. I wanted to begin my career working to combat this disparity.”—Patrick McMahon, homeless respite care assistant and University of Maryland grad
“I wanted to take a year to reflect on my values and the kind of person I wanted to be. Being surrounded by school, family and friends can be wonderful but also incredibly distracting. I wanted to get rid of my familiar habits and comforts so that I could really answer the question, ‘What kind of person do you want to become and how can you do so?’”—Pierce Massie, homeless respite care assistant and Loyola Marymount Los Angeles grad
“I was looking for an opportunity to combine my interests in medicine and service. I first considered applying for a post-graduate service year after participating in domestic and international service trips throughout college. I knew that before going to medical school, I wanted to learn more about how to address patients’ non-medical needs, and the role of Case Management Assistant seemed to be the perfect fit. When speaking to past Year Long Volunteers while I was applying, they all mentioned the wonderful community that they became a part of, both among the volunteers at Emmanuel House and in the larger Christ House community of staff, patients, and Kairos men. Overall, Christ House offered the invaluable chance to serve others, to become a part of a supportive community, and to develop skills that will help me to become a more capable and compassionate physician.”—Bethanne Bartscherer, case management assistant and Holy Cross grad
A few snapshots of the life of a year-long volunteer: