Covenant House, an organization that works with homeless, at-risk and runaway youths, is looking for volunteers for its Faith Community service program.
Through this 13-month program, volunteers live in community at one of Covenant House’s three crisis shelters — located in New York City, Atlantic City, N.J., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — and serve 40 hours per week at the shelter, where they often work in direct contact with the youths and are trained, treated and evaluated as full-time staff.
The volunteers live in communities of four to six people; share in daily chores, meals, retreats and community activities; and are invited to gather for 30 minutes of communal prayer and reflection each day. Volunteers receive room, board, a small weekly stipend, medical and dental insurance, and deferral of most student loans. They also receive a vacation stipend and vacation time, a severance stipend at the end of their service, and may participate in community retreats in March and August.
Volunteers must be at least 21, in good health, emotionally mature and willing to serve. They should have a college degree or equivalent life experience, a positive outlook on life, and can be married or single but with no dependents.
For more information, contact David Rodriguez, assistant coordinator of Faith Community Covenant House, at 212/727-4990 or visit www.covenanthouse.org/faithcommunity.