My kiddos are so young, but they are already accomplishing so much. I have students with dreams of becoming surgeons. I have students writing grants. I have students who can play multiple instruments. I have students with more dreams than their minds can organize. My experiences these past 8ish months have taught me how to dream again. I may not know whether dancing, engineering, or teaching is the dream, but I have begun to listen to the sound of hope again.
I am happy and proud to report that I am in the midst of my 3rd year as a Dominican Volunteer. It has truly been “an opportunity of a lifetime” for me.
I was first called to do this by a good friend of mine and fellow volunteer, Alecx, when they told me they were a Dominican Volunteer and said I should apply too. After a week of consideration, I finally applied, and was accepted not too long after.
Life in Houston matches life in any other part of Texas; laid back and simple. Good food, sunny days, and good company is all you need to have a good day. Nestled in the neighborhoods of this laid back city, is my little corner of Houston, Casa de Esperanza. Here, the days are anything but simple, which tends to happen when you’re taking care of children.
I woke this morning, as I typically do, with a song playing in my head. The song, titled above, was released in 1977. And yes I was alive then.
As I hummed the song this morning, I thought about where and who I was back then, who and where I am now, and how I got here.
Through my work as a compañerx I have also noticed how the smallest act of caritas such as listening to someone’s concerns on the phone, gives them peace of mind and allows them to move forward.
“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) The month of February is often known as the month of love, having Valentine’s Day at the heart of the month; but, there is so much more to […]
Picture this: ten years from now a group of friends is getting back together for a reunion. They begin to share stories of what they did right after college. Some talk about the first “grown-up”jobs while others talk about moving back in with their parents, and still others talk about changing careers or different paths […]
In our latest blog post, our volunteers and staff share some of their goals and resolutions for the coming year.
In our latest blog post, Dominican Volunteer Lacey Green shares how her year as a DV has influenced who she is and who she strives to become. Lacey serves at the Darst Center, an educational center with a focus on social justice issues in Chicago Illinois.I’m not Catholic. I have been learning about Catholic traditions […]
In our most recent blog post, 2014- 15 Dominican Volunteer Juan Miguel Alvarez reflects on his recent trip to the Vatican to witness the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Juan Miguel also tells of his spiritual encounter with Pope Francis and how both men continue to shape his faith journey.1. What was it like to […]
In our latest blog post, Dominican Volunteer Rosanna Fiasche shares how she is discovering herself and her ministry and community. Rosie serves as a counselor at Immaculate Conception Academy Cristo Rey High School in San Francisco California.Hello Everyone!Six months ago or so, I made the decision to leave my family in Chicago to travel halfway […]