Kathleen McKenzie joins Dominican Volunteers USA from Chino California. She graduated from Occidental College with concentrations in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. This year she is serving at Immuculate Conception Academy, the only Dominican Christo Rey model school, in San Francisco, CA. When asked why she chose Dominican Volunteers, she said:

“I chose Dominican Volunteers USA (DVUSA) because I know that it is an opportunity for me to further serve my brothers and sisters who are most in need. The mission of DVUSA states that ‘[t]ogether, we respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially those who are poor and marginalized.’ This mission of DVUSA fits with the mission I adopted at 16 years old, and the mission I have pursued since its adoption. In the past three years, I have worked with youth in inner city Los Angeles schools, served the elderly at a care retirement community, and advocated against racialized mass incarceration in California. I know that DVUSA will be yet another opportunity for me to serve my community by meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable within it. In taking this opportunity, as the mission of DVUSA states, I will be ‘proclaiming the gospel through our ministry, common life, prayer and study’ with the DVUSA community.”