New NOLA Cohort
This last Saturday, Duchesne House hosted a day of reflection for the new cohort of JVCs (Jesuit Volunteer Corps) to the New Orleans area. As in years past, young people from around the country choose to spend a year in New Orleans, living in community and dedicating themselves to furthering the mission of the JVC: "Aspiring to create a more just and hopeful world, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps engages passionate young people in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action." Area coordinator and former JVC, Julie Connolly worked on creating a program to give the newly formed group an opportunity to learn more about their individual personalities and challenged them to take the time to better understand their similarities and differences. The goal for the newly arrived team was to help them develop strategies for negotiating the realities of living together in an intentional community as they carried out their responsibilites to serve the needs of the New Orleans community. The JVs will be serving at:
Unity of Greater New Orleans, "Ending Homelessness Together" -Founded in 1992, UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a nonprofit organization leading a collaborative of 63 organizations providing housing and services to the homeless.
Cafe Reconcile, "Building Hope, Changing Lives" -Reconcile New Orleans transforms the lives of young adults and the community through the ministry of reconciliation.
Harry Tompson Center, "We Make It Our Mission to Make a Difference" -We are a non-profit organization created with collaborative partners to follow the vision of Father Harry Tompson, who in 1999 began to minister to persons experiencing homelessness in downtown New Orleans.
Project Lazarus, "Living in the Positive" -The mission of Project Lazarus is to help heal and empower people living with HIV/AIDS by focusing on wellness, providing housing and offering important support services.
Orleans Public Defenders, " -Client-centered, community-oriented defense for a fair and just New Orleans" -OPD exists to provide the citizens of Orleans Parish with the highest quality client-centered legal representation in Louisiana’s criminal and juvenile justice system.
We wish them a successful year!