Geraldine Vogelzang Leadership Scholarship recipient

Ali Carpenter

The Summer of 2014, Ali was able to volunteer full- time with the Catholic Family Center’s refugee resettlement program in Rochester, NY. A usual week for Ali involved performing employment intakes and finding out refugees’ history and past educational and work experiences; she then put all this gathered information in a database which went on to the employment counselors and the state department. In addition, she helped the immigration specialist with finding the status of cases where families were trying to be reunited, she assisted refugees with gathering donated clothes as soon as they arrived to Rochester, taught refugees how to ride the city bus, and she acted as an office assistant. Ali found this a remarkable experience. She worked with courageous people from all over the world and grew to love and value the relationships she was able to build. She feels blessed to have received this scholarship and treasures all the memories, lessons, and questions that she takes away from this summer.