"Homeless teenagers have every reason to give up and at the same time they’re making an effort to get their lives back on track. They’re so resilient."
Tara, a Bronx native, graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a degree in marketing. Throughout college Tara was involved in her sorority, worked at the university athletic center, and participated in weekly service opportunities. Her involvement in service heavily impacted her career goals. “I got really involved in service, and decided that I wanted to pursue a career in fundraising for nonprofits,” Tara explained. Tara is excited about Faith Community because it combines two things she loves: working with youth and with people experiencing homelessness.
"I’m definitely looking forward to being able to work with the [homeless] population. It applies to what I want to do with criminal justice."
Robert is a football fan, country music lover, and follower of Christ who is dedicating a year to serving with Covenant House Faith Community. Robert is from Carlisle, PA and graduated from St. Joseph’s University in May 2017. During college Robert conducted research projects on police job satisfaction and the needs of single mothers in homeless shelters. He was also extremely involved in campus ministry. In addition to serving others Robert looks forward to living in a small community of like-minded people.
"[Service] helped me discover myself as well as the community I’m living in."
Emily was raised in Wisconsin and remained in her home state to attend Marquette University. Emily’s interest in helping people become “the best version of themselves” caused her to pursue a degree in psychology. During college Emily attended the March for Life annually, was involved at a local food shelter, and volunteered weekly with a jail ministry. Emily’s involvement with service was inspired by her mother who is frequently volunteering and dedicating her time to others. Service has helped Emily discover herself as well as her community. As her graduation from college approached Emily was unsure of many things; however, the one thing she was absolutely certain of was her desire to participate in a year of service. Since her talents lie in working with children Emily decided working with Covenant House would be a perfect fit.
"I think the service of helping others is my purpose; service has given me a destination in life."
Breanna is from a small town in Idaho. She earned a degree in veterinary technology from the College of Southern Idaho and later received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Boise State University. Growing up on a farm resulted in Breanna’s love of animals. She has always loved working with animals however, she felt something was missing. Service helped Breanna learn that social work is her true “calling” and “passion.” By serving with Faith Community Breanna is excited about being in an environment of like-minded people who are focused on helping others. When asked what superpower she would want Breanna promptly answered, “the ability to heal.” This response perfectly reflects Breanna’s natural desire to help others.