Meet the 2015-16 Vincentian Volunteers

VVC 2015-16 orientation

Rooted in St. Vincent de Paul’s mission and tradition, Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati is a faith-based, year-long, residential service program. The program provides young professionals in their twenties an opportunity to grow in faith, friendship and service by giving deeply of themselves to neighbors in need. Join us in welcoming the 2015-2016 Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati!

 

Rachel Eldridge joins us from New Albany, Indiana, having just completed her degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership at Indiana Weslyan University. You will see her at our Outreach Center splitting her time between working with our homelessness prevention program and assisting our PR/Marketing department. Rachel will be part of the St. Antoninus SVDP Conference.

 

“To me, intentional community goes beyond just living together; it’s about sharing a journey together as we pursue common goals. Community living requires self-giving and caring for the needs of others as well as one’s own.”

 

Jeanette Lesenko is returning for a second year with VVC. Originally from the Philadelphia area, with a degree in Psychology and Social Work from Immaculata University, Jeanette will be helping the District Council to implement the “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World” program. Jeanette will be part of the St. Bernard – Spring Grove Village SVDP Conference.

 

“I feel as though there is more that could be done to create a longer-lasting solution for those struggling with poverty, and I hope to foster change of thinking as well as services in support of this vision. I strive to empower and motivate our neighbors in need by first digging deeper in order to better understand their motivations and hardships in addition to listening to their suggestions for change.”

 

Amy Noser, originally from St. Louis, recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Music Studies. Amy will be splitting her time between the Ozanam Center for Service Learning and working with Volunteers at the Outreach Center. Amy will be part of the Guardian Angels SVDP Conference.

 

“My faith is something that is always influencing values and choices, and in many cases the reason why I can come to a decision in a particular situation. My faith and relationship with God are the fuel for my life, and without them I do not know where I would be.”

 

Karuna Reang, calling Tripura, India her home, just finished her degree in Political Science, International Studies, and Healthcare Administration from Stonehill College, south of Boston. Karuna will be working as a patient advocate with the Charitable Pharmacy. Karuna will be part of the Bellarmine Chapel SVDP Conference.

 

“To connect with people and listen is a respectful thing to do, but living in solidarity with them is a whole different level. It is more than just hearing about their problems. It is walking alongside them. It means changing the relationship you have with the sufferer in such a way that you no longer view them as an ‘other’ – it means recognizing their place in the world, but also yours, and the relationship between the two.”

 

Justin Worthing hails from O’Fallon, Illinois but spent the past four years at Xavier University, where he studied Economics and Theology. Justin will be found splitting his time between the Ozanam Center for Service Learning and doing some Logistics work to benefit the District Council. Justin will be part of the Christ the King SVDP Conference.

“To me, solidarity means working together with a community to solve a common goal. Solidarity is not imposing an outsider’s vision onto a group of people simply because the outsider comes from privilege; instead, members aid each other through mutual support and companionship. It requires the willingness to be open and accessible to others despite cultural and/or economic differences.”

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