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.
Hannah, a senior pre-med student from So. Holland, IL., spent the summer of 2014 in Cuzco, Peru volunteering at a health clinic with the non-profit, A Broader View. She has led a Spring Break Trip through the Service-Learning Center to the L’Arche Community in Mobile, Al., as well as serving with Friendship Ministries here in Grand Rapids. Hannah says about herself, “Service has had a great impact on my life. It has opened my eyes and allowed me to get a glimpse of the world through Jesus ’eyes. Service has caused me to see people as unique individuals.”