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Facing death everyday while working in hospice for a year took Bridget Hinton ‘14 "to a deep place of mystery," she says. "Living day in and day out with sadness was a challenge but I also saw a lot of hope and love."
For the spiritual care office of Providence Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Oregon, the Jesuit volunteer would visit people receiving palliative care, drive them to appointments, run errands, do a little housekeeping, and often just sit and listen.
In the deepest, darkest moments, when she wasn't at all sure what to say, "I tried to put myself out of own comfort zone and just hold space, be comfortable with slowness and silence, even when I didn't know exactly how to relate to someone three generations beyond me."
Ongoing cross-cultural training with the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship that includes recognizing the significance of generational, socio-economic, geographic and cultural nuances helped Bridget in these moments. Recognizing how her urban, diverse upbringing had shaped her lens helped her have empathy for the circumstances of her patients and listen without making assumptions, even when some of what she heard offended her.
She came to see that phrases like "they are here to take our jobs" reflected the frustrations of the rural and economically challenged Columbia Gorge community. "I would never use the words ‘I disagree' but sometimes I would push back slightly," she says. "I had to engage in conversation, but I tried not to prove anything. That was the art of the work, to not prove anything."
Now an Education Program assistant for Oregon State University extension, she teaches cooking classes and gives presentations on nutrition to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients. She also is volunteer facilitator for a grief group of teens who have lost loved ones.
"The winter Debriefing Weekend affirmed my choice to take a break and take care of myself, but I still feel a calling to hospice social work," she says.
"I wanted a full-force hospice experience and that's what I got. Through the debriefing weekend, I could deeply pay attention to my service and admit that they were really hard years," she says. "I was yearning to reflect, and now I am yearning for service. That's when I lean into the Krista community, which says yes to applying service to life in every possible way."
After a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps serving as Community Health Advocate for the Hepatitis Education Project in Seattle, Linda Chastine '16 embraced an international service year through Young Adults in Global Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Eager to expand her public health experience, she was looking forward to serving in a community health clinic in Rwanda. When she found herself teaching English to children living on the street at Centre Marembo instead, her confidence was shattered. "I was feeling wholly unprepared to be a leader in that way, and there were so many expectations that as an American I would know how to teach English," she remembers. "A lot of that pressure made me feel very insecure about my position."
Insecurity was only one of a dizzying array of emotions she described in her newsletter:
"In the time that I have volunteered at Centre Marembo I have cried, I have laughed, I have danced, I have sang, I have been confused, I have felt isolated, I have realized that I am completely and wholly welcomed and loved in a much different way than before. The people at Marembo have opened their gates, their arms, their hearts, and their life to me. They have taught me so much more about self-acceptance, patience, and faith. As hard as it may seem, we must be open and patient with the changes that God brings in our life. From them, can spring wondrous, unexpected, and much needed gifts."
It wasn't easy to recognize and hold all these emotions at the same time. "As a black woman, I don't think that I've gotten permission to hold different emotions, especially not at the same time," she says. "If I'm enraged or sad or angry, I'm not supposed to also be joyful or hopeful or optimistic. I have to be one or the other."
"Just be free," her Rwandan colleagues would urge. "Just be free." While everyone around her was giving her permission to embrace her mixed emotions, "I was restricting myself to have to be or act in a certain way." Finally, their message got through.
"Being in Rwanda taught me that I'm able to experience a plethora of emotions and experiences all at one time, and that I don't need to separate those things," she says. Now living in Washington DC and searching for opportunities in community health, Linda is incorporating what she learned.
"Suppressing emotions doesn't produce self-reflection, self-awareness, or any clarity in the end. Recognizing and appreciating all the emotions I was experiencing helped me."
To discern where you're going—even, sometimes, where you are—you need to know where you're from. At the Winter Debriefing and Discernment event, colleagues compose "Where I'm From" poems that unpack the places, people and experiences that form their service journey. Here's a taste of the paths of three colleagues who debriefed this year.
Bridget Hinton ‘16
I am from benvenutos, bienvenidos and welcomes,
from hot bike rides through sunflower fields,
from swimsuits and splashes
from morning sips of coffee, fried eggplant, rosemary bushes, mozzarella balls and too many ciao bellas that broke my heart.
I'm from unspoken family trauma,
From deep wonder, church pews, stained glass windows, lit candles and family prayer time.
I'm from evergreens planted to the soft cold sand on the gray harbor.
From rain pants, canned beef stew, pea salad, long lines waiting for lunch and beautiful faces.
I'm from rivers and mountains, from long stories of the past, from soft and wrinkly skin full of wisdom on its way to the stars, leaving the rest of the world in mystery and love.
Spencer Uemura ‘16
I'm from a distant place, but my heart has found a home
in rock-studded shores, tree-lined streets
in breakneck, widemouthed, downhill bike rides, and scraped palms.
I am from a good, and quiet, and hardworking people.
I'm from a distant place, but my heart has found a home
in the biggest skies and the widest plains
in unexpected, bountiful, and plentiful friendships.
I'm from a distant place, but my heart has found a home
in jagged peaks indomitable, snowy valleys impenetrable, a culture invaluable
in tears and blood, but mostly sweat,
poured into the Mother's womb, to be rebirthed anew
in lessons learned from secret sages
to whom the world would do well to listen.
Lauren Amundson ‘14
I'm from Vikings and lefsa,
from pea salad and lakeside
from chocolate roll and mosquitoes
I'm from sunshine and ocean
from oak trees and waterfalls
from orchids and cactus to things that can't grow
I'm from yard sales and Jesus
from thrift stores and gold
From privilege and power to places unknown
To familia y tequila
with a new home that loves
filled with people that aren't connected by blood
I'm from failing and learning
from growth and from hope
to a world of connection that includes one and all.
The impact of skills gained through service and honed in the Krista Foundation's service leadership program extends far beyond the service year.
Watching co-workers and citizens place their lives at risk to help advance the reform of Honduras's police force, often closely connected to gangs and drug trafficking organizations, helped Aaron Korthuis '13 understand why someone would flee a country and seek residency elsewhere. What he witnessed through his work with the Association for a More Just Society stoked his commitment to seeking justice for the oppressed-and sensitive to the demeaning ways in which refugees and asylum seekers can be treated when they try to enter the U.S.
So it's not surprising that in the hours following President Trump's January Executive Order to ban refugees from entering the country, Aaron, now attending Yale Law School, played a key role in the federal lawsuit challenging the order. To help file the motion on behalf of two Iraqi men with valid visas who were detained after arriving at JFK Airport shortly after the EO was signed, Aaron and half a dozen fellow students sat in a New Haven basement drafting court filings requesting a federal court to stop the removal of those affected by the order in anticipation of an emergency hearing.
"When we heard that the stay was granted and that it was nationwide, there was euphoria in the room," Aaron said. "No other way to put it."
Aaron knows that not everyone agrees with his action. Tools from the Krista Foundation, including the January 2015 Krista Foundation debriefing and transition retreat, have helped equip him to engage people who feel differently.
"In 2015, I really needed time to reflect on what I had learned from serving in Honduras," he says. "I had just gotten married and started law school, and I wanted to think about how I was going to continue incorporating the lessons of my time abroad as I moved forward. One of the most meaningful things about the debriefing that I have tried to make part of my life is listening to the stories of others, especially those who are different from me, and letting that inform my work."
Faith is where Aaron starts when he reaches across the political divide. "I always try to make clear that my faith is the reason why I spend my time working on behalf of immigrants and refugees," he says. "Especially with other people of faith, there is a common ground, a common language I can use to explain why I disagree with them and why I think our faith compels a different understanding of many issues dividing our country."
Faith is also the reason he continues on his path. "The center of the career part of my life is seeking to work on behalf of people who are victims of violence or who are subject to oppression and trying to flee their homeland or make it better, by assisting them or ensuring that they can seek safety."
Helping support hundreds of young people across Washington state whose futures are suddenly uncertain can be draining, especially when your own family's prospects are unclear, too. Wendy Martinez Hurtado's days are intense; after her service year wrapped up in 2016 she became the Program manager at 21 Progress for the Washington State DACA Program-Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program started by the Obama administration in June 2012 that allows eligible undocumented youth and young adults who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
As young people in her caseload renew their DACA status or apply for a loan to cover the $495 application and biometrics fee, Wendy's days are filled with one-on-one meetings, conferences, presentations, calls, newsletters, and advocacy. "I have to be fully engaged, accurate, support people in the process of renewing, and take care of myself as someone who is undocumented and lives in a mixed-status household," she says. "I am on the job 24/7 whether I like it or not."
Wendy started her job on the heels of a difficult service year. Nearing burnout, she found inspiration and energy from the colleagues and speakers gathered at the May 2015 Service Leadership Conference and was able to tap into the resilience she needed to finish her last few months. Nearly a year later, the February 2016 debriefing provided a space for her to share her service year journey and process the full truth of her experience.
"The Krista Foundation offered a space where I could be my full self, completely transparent about my experience without being judged," she says. "In conversation, people validated that what I experienced wasn't okay. I felt supported in ways that I hadn't been supported by my own service community."
Knowing that she isn't alone-that a supportive community has her back-matters right now. Recently Wendy has been focusing on helping undocumented K-12 students and students from mixed status households feel safe on campus. "I just met with four students at UW Bothell who are trying to create a sustainable way of training colleagues on campus to be allies to undocumented students," she says.
"I know I can't maintain myself without self-care very long," she says. "The job we are doing is tough and emotionally draining. I continue to be super passionate about doing the work I do, but it's really hard."
Besides support and solidarity, difficult work requires a community that is willing to put their bodies on the line for each other. That's why it was a joy for Wendy to encounter two other Colleagues at a recent rally at the Tacoma Detention Center. "The debriefing last year, the detention center this year-it's great to know that if I want to reach out, I can find support in the Krista community!"
What is a Krista Colleague? Meet one of our Krista Colleagues, Mitchell Dorn, who is exploring service-shaped implications in his life and vocation in Tacoma. Mitchell recognizes the necessity of being present within his community and emphasizes the Krista Foundation value of staying for tea (emphasizing relationship bulding).From Uber driver to events manager, into the non-profit world and out again-Mitchell Dorn's service journey has taken some interesting turns.
Participating in the life and ministry of Urban Grace Church through AmeriCorps, he plunged into the rich diversity of downtown Tacoma-and gradually realized that his strengths might lie in the for-profit world. Now he is growing a new business as Events Manager for the recently renovated Courthouse Square.
"I love my job and what I do, and I believe I am part of a bigger project that is making a difference downtown," he said. "Using my talents to their fullest capacity, having ideas, taking risks, watching them take off, and employing others is rewarding."
During the 2016 Krista Foundation Debriefing and Discernment Retreat, offered to Krista Colleagues after their service-year, Mitchell reflected with other Colleagues from different cultures and callings on how his new role impacts the community. One of the questions he explored concerned gentrification. What should he do as a white man living in a predominately African-American neighborhood where rents are rising and many people are displaced as downtown Tacoma revives? He is taking to heart their response: don't infiltrate the community. Be a part of it.
"Being part of a diverse group talking about serious issues, not afraid to step on each other's toes" is a gift of the gathered Krista Colleague community. "Understanding diversity and my world view are things I think about daily now, more than I ever did in AmeriCorps," he says. "I want to be a positive impact on my city."
What is a Krista Colleague? Meet one of our Krista Colleagues, Daniela Perez, who is uniting her love for healthy food with empowerment that comes from making healthy decisions. Daniela embodies what it means to be a Krista Colleague, committing to a life of service leadership through environmental stewardship and impacting her local community.
Growing up in Tijuana, Daniela could see many women who lacked opportunities. A class on the food system at the University of San Diego opened a way to unite her love for inventing dishes to feed others with her long-time commitment to empowering women. She served for a year as a Garden Educator for the Learning Gardens Laboratory in Portland, where she taught 6th graders science and sustainability in the garden-And she is now enrolled in Portland State's Leadership for Sustainability Education program and helping low-income Portland residents grow their own food.
Every Krista Colleague receives a $1000 Service Leadership Grant to be used toward furthering their leadership capacity and service training. Daniela used her Service Leadership Grant to attend Oregon State University's urban farming apprenticeship program is the next Yes she is working towards. "I want to help people grow food, get access to healthy food, and feel the empowerment that comes from making healthy decisions," she says. "My dream is to go back to Tijuana and start doing this work there."
POSITION: Development Director
APPLICATION PROCESS: Send resume and cover letter, preferably as one document in Word or as PDF to email@example.com
DEADLINE: December 5th, midnight PST. Applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed on rolling basis until position is filled.
LOCATION: Seattle, WA
The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is a Christian ecumenical organization that serves young adults in their 20's who have chosen to do a year or more of local or global service. As a leadership development and peer mentoring community, rather than a volunteer placement agency, our focus is the spiritual and leadership formation of young adults before, during and for several years after their initial service term. Through our colleague community, mentoring, intercultural and adaptive leadership training, transition and debriefing services, young adults unpack and leverage service experiences into a lifelong ethic of service, civic engagement, and global understanding. Our Service Journey framework helps them master a set of service best practices that result in more effective, ethical service in the short run-and a 21st century global citizen skillset that equips them for long-term impact in the workplace, community and world.
Over the last several years our signature Krista Colleague Cohort program has become an industry-leading benchmark for developing leaders through volunteerism. We've had the privilege of partnering with over a dozen volunteer placement organizations and service immersion programs (nonprofits, seminary and university) within the region and across the country. We've provided consulting and training for dedicated staff teams and their young adult volunteers including: volunteer orientation and debriefing, service ethics, intercultural capacity building, racial equity and organizational development. The bottom line is that we are committed to equipping many more young leaders who are resilient, interculturally competent, and savvy about bridging differences in a world divided by race, gender, religion, economics, and politics. As these partnerships expand our impact, they also challenge us to build our organizational capacity. The Development Director will play a key role in meeting this challenge.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION:
The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is at an exciting growth juncture and is looking for its first full-time Development Director to build a solid financial base for our multi-year mission expansion plan. In conjunction with the Executive Director, staff, young adult leadership team, and board, this position will implement a strategy for increasing our budget from 300 to 500k by 2019. As a 501C3 Educational nonprofit we receive over 90% of our income from individuals, grants, and partner revenue.
The Development Director will play an integral role in the success of the Foundation's mission, working collaboratively with a small office staff team, board, and larger volunteer and program participant base to move forward the programs of a dynamic and relationally focused organization. As part of our team, the Development Director will drive the collaborative process of designing and implementing a comprehensive and strategic fund development program including generating, stewarding, and engaging a diverse donor and partner base; nurturing major and planned gift donors; spearheading grant support; and expanding external communications and public awareness campaigns, special events management and corporate giving.
In addition to proactively expanding upon our current campaign efforts, this professional will increase connection points between the Foundation's mission and public presence as we expand our role as thought leader and partner in equipping the next generation of leaders through volunteerism. Major responsibilities include:
- In collaboration with Executive Director and leadership team, drive the process of designing and implementing a diversified fund development strategy, budget, and complementing communications, fundraising activities, grants, appeals, events, and public awareness campaigns
- Manage the development team (board, staff and volunteers) to plan and coordinate these activities
- Identify and build relationships with prospective donors including individuals, corporations and foundations, and develop avenues for donor engagement and ownership
- Develop and maintain, with Executive Director, prospect and donor portfolios and produce reports and campaign updates
- Equip development team with tools and structure to support public awareness, donor cultivation, and fundraising efforts
- Research and apply for grants and, once secured, track grant requirements and ensure compliance
Communications and Public Awareness
- Assist in developing and implementing overall strategy for the Foundation's public awareness and presence, especially within the donor prospect and volunteer service community.
- Develop content and leverage multiple communication mediums used to complement relationship and development efforts
- Work closely with contract writer and communication team to produce compelling and effective communication campaigns
Administration and Donor Gift Management
- Work with Communication & Administrative Coordinator and finance personnel to ensure highest integrity and care for donor database and provide timely gift acknowledgments
- Monitor and collect outstanding pledges, recurring and matching gifts
- Ideal candidate has a minimum three-five years experience in nonprofit fundraising and/or associated public awareness and development communications
- Clear track record of success in cultivating and soliciting donor support such as annual fund, major donor, planned giving, events, and grants
- Proven background in project management and experience planning, managing and executing integrated communication and development campaigns
- Demonstrated skill in relationship building, volunteer mobilization and network expansion
- Excellent communicator -- solid writer and able to share organization vision effectively
- Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, data analysis and experience with donor database software (Salesforce preferred)
- Passionate about the transformative possibilities of service experiences and savvy about generating and stewarding a diverse donor and partner base
- Comfortably rooted in your own faith and able to work with and express a Christian faith-based perspective.
- Aware of your own culture(s) and able to work and communicate effectively amid a variety of ideological, theological, and cultural perspectives.
- Able to work some evenings and weekends
- Demonstrated interest in young adult service volunteerism, former service volunteer and/or driven by an interest in the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship's mission personally and/or professionally
- Highly professional demeanor; able to represent the Krista Foundation effectively in all communication and handle confidential donor and partner information
- A positive can-do spirit that is adaptable and responsive to creatively supporting a growth and change process for a relationally rooted organization
- A sense of humor and fun, vital
- Minimum Bachelor's Degree
What we can offer:
This is a full-time exempt position, $55-65k annually DOE plus benefits, 3% employer matching. Flexible schedule, two weeks paid vacation plus 11.5 paid holidays. We are a small and dynamic organization whose staff, board, and program participants are deeply committed to creating and embodying a diverse and inclusive organization. Together we bring the strengths of our differences to adapt structures and systems to maximize the flourishing of individuals and communities near and far. You will be challenged and affirmed, stretched and appreciated by our team and the young leaders we work with. From our office in Green Lake we engage the world through our principled and adventuresome Colleagues, who live, work and serve in the Northwest and around the globe.
A 501C3 Educational nonprofit, the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is an ecumenical Christian organization intentionally bridging ideological divides. We were founded in memory of Krista Hunt Ausland who died in 1998 while doing long-term volunteer work in Bolivia. The organization fosters and celebrates her spirit of active love and faith in a new generation of leaders.
KFGC Development Director 11_1 update
For our ENews this month, we are trying something new - in an effort to celebrate the gifts of Krista Foundation community members who are visual: an art e-news. We hope you will find inspiration from the Colleagues who submitted their art work in response to the question:
How has art played a role in service? How has it inspired you?
Some Colleagues submitted reflections with their art, which we are sharing with you here.
For larger images, see slideshow at the bottom of this post.
Spencer Uemura, 2016 Krista Colleague
Photography has helped me grow a gentle observance as I go through my service among people that are very different than me in many ways, but also similar in others. By taking pictures of moments, I captured memories for myself that I can revisit fondly now that I've left the expanse of the Great Plains of Montana and the misty reaches of the North Cascades on Washington. My photos allow me to show others and bring them into the story, to invite them into my personal journey and development. And sometimes, in the words of a fictitious and elusive photographer in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, "If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it." In an odd way, as I've learned about photography I've also discovered when it's important to see a view beyond the lens and simply be.
Theresa Cutter, 2012 Krista Colleague
"Bread of Life"
Attached is a collage I created two years ago on a retreat while in service themed, "bread of life." Creating the collage allowed me to slow down and reflect on the meaning of giving life to the world, which in turn I took to mean serving with joy, planting love. It depicts a woman of color as the presence of God, as opposed to the traditional white, male, breathing "ruach" (Hebrew for spirit/breath) into "la pan de vida" (Spanish for "the bread of life").
Doug Orofino, 2012 Krista Colleague
I used my grant to purchase recording equipment in order to create a CD of the Mass songs sung by the children of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) Honduras home. Listen to one of our songs here!
Anthony DeLorenzo, 2008 Krista Colleague
Carnival Parade in Surakarta on the Island of Java (Indonesia)
Joe Tobiason, 2009 Krista Colleague
Artist Point at Mt Baker, WA
To see more of Joe's photography, visit here: https://jtobiason.com/
Allie May Jones, 2008 Krista Colleague
"My motivation and inspiration for creating art has always been to do it for other people, which to me is the heart of service. I see a problem, and I see a solution I can offer in the form of a drawing, or a design. Whether I'm helping a new business owner create a logo, or designing an annual report for a non-profit without a huge budget. I feel blessed to be equipped with this skill to turnaround and help others with it in a very practical way. In addition to graphic design, the other thing I love to do with art is make people smile (which is also at the heart of service!). This logo is an example of a quick illustration style I do for people, usually on cards or in letters. I use the sketches to put people in fun or clever situations (this is also fun to do using Photoshop of course, lol...)."
To see more of Allie's work, visit here: http://allimaydesign.com/
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Children and Youth
Integrating Service As A Way Of Life
Peace & Reconciliation
Post-Service Term Reflections
Poverty: Urban US & International
Preparing To Serve
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