Goal of Program:Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic Intentional community located in Kansas City, Missouri, built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. We strive to transform our lives and those around us through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair.
Type of Placement:Long-term volunteers, known as Community Members, commit one year (hopefully coming to discern community as a long-term lifestyle) to Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. Community members practice living in an intentional Christian community while operating an urban farm. Work also consists of repairing homes for low-income families and individuals in the community. About 16 weeks in the year, we host High School and College volunteers for week long service immersion trips. Community members lead the retreats and guide the volunteers at the work-sites. Short term volunteers, known as Sojourners, spend time living in community with the Jerusalem Farm Community. Tasks may be working in the gardens, helping out with chickens, cleaning dishes, cooking meals, leading retreat experiences for volunteers and helping with home repair projects.
Service Area:Kansas City, MO (focus on the Historic Northeast Neighborhoods)
Service Length:Community Members: one year with an option to renew; Sojourners: one - six months
Requirements:Community Members: Openness to the Catholic tradition and Catholic social teaching, willingness to learn home-repair, farming, cooking and hosting retreats. Willingness to be guided by the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. Sojourners: At least one year out of high-school. Willingness to share faith with others. Openness to Catholic traditions and Catholic social teaching. Willingness to do manual labor in the gardens and with home-repair projects. Ability to live in community.
Financial Arrangement:Community Members: Monthly stipend (starting at $125), Health Stipend, Loan assistance ($125/mo), Food and Housing provided; Sojourners: No stipend. Food and Housing provided.
Living Arrangements:Community Members live in intentional community, each with their own bedroom; Sojourners will live in the same house with our community of 6-10 individuals, and may share a room with other Sojourners.
Program Size:Community Members: 5-9; Sojourners: 6-10.
Training:On site training will be provided. No skills required.
Application Deadline:Accepted on a rolling basis for both Community Members and Sojourners.