Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Summer Transitions: Meet our New Volunteers


2011-12 outgoing volunteers
Each summer our volunteer program undergoes a transition from one community to the next. We had to say goodbye to a great group of volunteers from 2011-12.  Many have gone off to continue their educations, some to volunteer again and one to join the Franciscans!  Thanks to all of you for the sacrifices you've made to accompany those who are homeless and marginalized.  Your presence can not be measured.  Thank you Mario, Gelavije, Vinzenz, Marko, Nik, Nassim, Jon, Mike, Felix, Kaytee and Brian, you will be missed! 

We've also gotten to welcome a great group of 2012-13 Franciscan Outreach Volunteers. Meet our new volunteers:
New 2012-13 Volunteers on their Opening Retreat
Back row, Left to Right: Molly, Justin, Maiko, Jonas, Patrick, Gillian and Chris
Front row, Left to Right: Casie, Emily, Molly Anne, Carissa, Kara and Holly

Molly serves as our Community Assistant.  She’s pursuing her MA in Public Health at UIC.  She formerly volunteered for 2 years in Malawi with the Marianists and founded a non-profit, CROSO, to support the education of street children in Uganda.

Justin is originally from New Mexico, but has come to us from Texas where he just completed is Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas-San Antonio.  He has an infectious smile that the community loves to imitate. Justin is serving at the Franciscan House as a CVN AmeriCorps member.

Maiko is from Mannheim, Germany and serves at the Franciscan House shelter.  He keeps himself busy navigating the music scene in Chicago and mixing beats.

Jonas is our resident hipster this year and has recently acquired a passion for baseball.  He joins us from Bad Neustadt, Germany and is serving at the Marquard Center.

Patrick joins us from Bielefeld, Germany and is serving at the Franciscan House shelter.  Patrick easily has the most contagious laugh in the group.

Gillian recently graduated from the University of Virginia where she studied English & Linguistics and Media Studies.  She’s from The Plains, Virginia and is serving as a CVN AmeriCorps Member the Marquard Center. She’s the only one in the community who knows how to use a circular loom.

Chris joins us from Munster, Germany and is serving at the Franciscan House shelter. He’s happy to be living in a place that appreciates basketball as much as he does.

Casie hails from Owasso, Oklahoma and serves as a CVN AmeriCorps Member at the Marquard Center.  She recently graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University where she studied Philosophy and minored in Psychology and English. Casie’s been to 48 of the 50 states.

Emily recently graduated from Trinity University where she studied International Studies and French. Emily spent a semester studying abroad with a host family in France.  She  is serving at the Franciscan House as a CVN AmeriCorps Member.

Molly Anne joins us from Hickory, North Carolina where she just graduated from University of NC-Asheville with degrees in Psychology & Sociology.  Molly came straight from a summer with Catholic Heart WorkCamp and is serving as a CVN AmeriCorps Member at the Marquard Center.

Carissa recently graduated from Dominican University where she studied Communication and Photography.  Carissa’s had many international volunteer experiences , she’s from the Chicago area and serving as a CVN AmeriCorps member at the Franciscan House.

Kara originally from Michigan, Kara joins us from Ohio where she completed a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving as a Community Organizer.  She’s  from Michigan and graduated in ‘09 from Trine University where she studied Health Promotions and Recreational Programming/Athletic Training.   Kara is serving as a CVN AmeriCorps Member at the Marquard Center.

Holly recently graduated (early) from Lamar University where she studied Biology.  She’s a gifted artist and the official community doctor.  Holly hails from Orange, Texas and serves as a CVN AmeriCorps Member at the Marquard Center.

Welcome to Holly, Patrick, Jonas, Carissa, Maiko, Gillian, Chris, Justin, Kara Emily, Casie and Molly! Thank you for joining us this year! 

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