Three recent graduates of Xavier University answered the call to serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
During their time as Jesuit Volunteers (JVs), they will live simply and work for social justice in a spiritually supportive community of other JVs working with those who live on the margins of society. JVC welcomes these Xavier alumni (listed with placement agency and community):
Kezia Southern – Haven for Hope of Bexar County; San Antonio, TX; from Dayton, Ohio (45424); graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s in business administration
Rachel Joray – St. Francis Center; Los Angeles, CA; from Seymour, Ind. (47274); graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s in history magna cum laude
Alyssa Mary Janicki – SHORE Community Services; Chicago, IL; from Okemos, Mich.; studied German and international studies
They are among the 323 JVs living in 38 cities in the United States and six countries. Jesuit Volunteers work at schools, health clinics, legal clinics, parishes, and nonprofit organizations to provide essential services, saving them a combined estimate of $6 million each year compared to the cost of a salaried employee.
“Each year it is inspiring to welcome a new group of women and men, like the graduates of Xavier University, who want to serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps,” said Kathleen Haser, acting president of JVC. “Jesuit Volunteers support the work of local organizations by dedicating a year or more of their lives to full time service working with the poor and marginalized here in the United States and abroad. JVC is a transformative experience that prepares young men and women for a lifetime of putting faith into action.”
Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. Jesuit Volunteers are called to the mission of serving the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States, and accompanying people in developing countries. For decades, JVC has worked in collaboration with Jesuits, whose spirituality the volunteers incorporate in their work, community, and prayer life. More than 250 grassroots organizations across the world count on Jesuit Volunteers to provide essential services. During their one to two years of service, volunteers integrate Christian faith by working and living among the poor and marginalized examining the causes of social injustice. JVC offers volunteers an experience that will open their minds and hearts to live always conscious of the poor and committed to the Church’s mission of promoting justice in the service of faith.
Learn more at www.jesuitvolunteers.org or www.facebook.com/jesuitvolunteers.