A Day In The Life of an Episcopal Service Corps Member
- Create experiential service learning opportunities that engage with low income populations who live in non-urban communities.
- Strengthen the link between faith-based communities and organizations engaged in sustainable environmental practices.
- Integrate opportunities for young adults to experience spiritual growth with opportunities for community development and efforts to advance social justice.
- Corps members will serve 32 hours per week at their work site. The work sites will be developed in organizations with a mission that aims to promote one or more of the following activities:
- Serve low-income individuals and families with basic needs for housing, food and health in rural and urban communities,
- Support conservation and environmental strategies that respect God's creation and advance practices to achieve a sustainable ecological balance in communities,
- Advocate for policies, systems and community improvement efforts that educate and engage people in creating social change to promote equitable opportunity for all and reduce socio-economic inequality,
- Assisi House programming will support awareness and development of leadership skills for Corps members in the context of their work sites, and
- Additional program time will be dedicated to professional development to best position and prepare Fellows for life and work after Assisi House.
Leadership of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire will provide a spiritual framework for the Assisi House community but we will welcome ESC members from other denominations and their traditions and needs will influence the intentional Christian community in residence. Fellows will spend 8-10 hours per week in deepening their spiritual life together and exploring vocational discernment that can build links between their nonprofit placement experiences and their life after participation in the Episcopal Service Corps. A modified Franciscan Rule will frame the Assisi House approach to spirituality, but we will support and cultivate the spiritual and vocational interests of the members in residence. We will support members in exploring how to understand and integrate spiritual formation and vocational discernment with the mission of the Fellow's work site. Each Assisi Fellow is matched with a Spiritual Director for one on one conversation, discernment and formation. We use a combination of on-site presentations with guest speakers and group site visits to support the member's spiritual awareness and vocational discernment.
Fellows serve 32 hours per week at these placement sites (2017-2018 program year):
Second Start, founded in 1971, is a private non-profit educational corporation. They offers a wide variety of programs designed to improve the economic and educational well-being of New Hampshire residents, including helping people become more productive workers, family members and community citizens. They provide supportive, affordable and effective educational programs, including: adult basic education, job training and career counseling, education and training for at-risk youth, and child care services. Work at this organization will be in their First Start Childrens' Center. Learn more about Second State at their website: http://www.second-start.org.
Granite State Organizing Project
The Granite State Organizing Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization rooted in faith and democratic values and includes 28 religious, labor, and community organizations representing 40,000 New Hampshire families. As the largest grassroots community organization in NH, GSOP unites to strengthen community members’ voices in decisions that shape their communities by taking issue-oriented actions. GSOP focuses on problems, such as poor housing, failing schools, barriers to citizenship, unjust working conditions, and lack of access to health care, that affect the livelihood and sustainability of communities. Learn more at their website: http://granitestateorganizing.org.
New Hampshire Legal Assistance
NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change. They offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs, and in providing legal services to the poor, and strategic legislative advocacy and policy work, NHLA helps ensure the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. Learn more about this placement site's work at http://www.nhla.org.
Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy
Under the supervision of NH-based Civix's field team, the fellow in this placement will work to actively address economic justice issues through the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, which is building a better future for working people, and a more stable economy, by fighting for smart policies that lift Granite State families and make our communities stronger. These include paid Family and Medical Leave, affordable, quality childcare, livable wages, full-day Kindergarten and more. You can read about the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy here: http://www.familyfriendlyeconomy.org.