Serve Well Blog

August 2012 Entries


Colleague Dave Stalsbroten Explores a Life of Service Leadership

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press

After returning to the U.S. from a year of service in Nicaragua, and many months of job hunting, Dave wondered if he had made a mistake. Many of his peers were already settled into careers and the job market was not good. He began to question if his experience volunteering as a public health worker in rural Nicaragua was transferable to the for-profit business path he now pursued.

Absolutely. Not only did Dave make a significant contribution to public health access in villages across Nicaragua, he gained perspectives and skills that, with intention and practice, are vital in today's global economy.

But it isn't easy. "I came home and discovered that the rest of the world didn't necessarily share my community's appreciation of service," Dave shared.

Through mentoring, a colleague community, transition retreats, and leadership development opportunities, the Krista Foundation equips young Christian adults like Dave to grapple with life-shaping service experiences and put to work what they have learned.

"What did you learn?" Dave was asked by his soon to be future employer.

"I learned... how to listen. I have begun to walk alongside people, helping to identify broken systems while developing creative, collaborative, culturally appropriate solutions that are permanent and empowering for everyone involved." Dave Stalsbroten is now working as a project manager developing a new software model for health systems.

He later shared, "Transitions usually mark a time of instability. The Krista Foundation provided me with a supportive community and a space for reflection - both of which helped to bring resolution to one chapter and a solid beginning to the rest."

Your investment in young leaders, like Dave, helps transform their service year from a single chapter to a life of service leadership. Thank you.

A service year, when nurtured, becomes a life of service leadership.


Launching the Service Journey: Service Volunteers Connect
Sunday September 9th from 1:30-7:00pm

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Network with other service volunteers across the city and region, and share a picnic on Alki Beach. Reflect on your role as a volunteer and share your experience with other like-minded folks. Make vital connections around vocation, service, faith and social interests. Plus food.

And it's all FREE! Thanks to sponsoring Puget Sound area faith-based service organizations.

Click here to register. It takes only 2 minutes and includes important planning (& food preference) info for our day together.

All new volunteers from any volunteer service corps, and their local mentors and leaders, are invited. Bring your openness and your beach towel.

Sunday September 9, 2012

1:30 to 7:00pm (includes picnic dinner)

Starts at Alki United Church of Christ
6115 SW Hinds St., Seattle, WA 98116
(Bring swimsuit, frisbee, etc. for beachy free time options)

COST: Free! Free! Free!

Register Here. RSVP by September 2nd, 2012 please.

Hosted by the Puget Sound Service Corps Collaboration:

Jesuit Volunteer Corp Northwest, The Krista Foundation, Lutheran Volunteer Corp, Mennonite Volunteer Service, Northwest Leadership Foundation, Quaker Experiential Service and Training (QuEST), and United Church of Christ Young Adult Service Communities.