Vincentian Service Corps West
Affiliation:Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
Goal of Program:Lets go make a Difference! The mission of the Vincentian Service Corps is to provide opportunities for women and men who want to serve those in poverty, live in community with other VSC members, and experience a simple lifestyle. While working directly with the poor, VSC members are called to deepen their faith, grow in charity, work for justice, celebrate life and develop close bonds. Service is geared to helping people help themselves. A year of service makes a lifetime of difference!
Type of Placement:Case work for shelters for the homeless, lead wellness classes, crisis counseling, coordinating health fairs, patient advocacy, outreach to the homebound elderly, work with physically and developmentally disabled, social work, teaching and teaching aides (elementary and high school), work with emotionally disturbed youth, work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Fluency with Spanish is required for some positions.
Service Area:Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA.
Service Length:11 months. First week of August to last week of June.
Requirements:Single women and men ages 21 to 30. College degree or significant life/work experience. A commitment to service. Interview, application and references. A desire for a challenge and an ability to be flexible.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board, a monthly stipend, Work-related travel costs are covered. Possible student loan deferment for those eligible. Small Education Award that will be paid directly to your loan provider at the end of your service year.
Living Arrangements:Members live in community with other VSC members.
Program Size:The program ranges in size.
Training:An initial one-week orientation program geared towards: building community, goal setting for the year, and an examination of issues such as social justice, lifestyle, spirituality, racial sensitivity, and cultural diversity. There is on-site training at each placement. Corps members gather four times throughout the year for weekend retreats and ongoing formation. Personal and community support is provided by community support people throughout the year.
Application Deadline:Submission for Program Year 2016-2017 is now closed. We welcome applications for Program Year 2017-2018. Placements are determined on a first-come first-serve rolling basis.