"[Faith Community] allows me to do everything I want to do at once."
Elizabeth, a Queens resident, attended St. Francis College. After studying abroad in Italy, taking courses in art therapy, ceramics, and meditation, and working part-time Elizabeth graduated with a degree in psychology. Elizabeth loves spending time in nature, travelling, and reading. For Elizabeth, service “never felt like service” because she was so accustomed and willing to do it. Elizabeth helped manage her parish’s youth group by scheduling meetings, organizing bake sales, and serving food to the hungry. During her year of service Elizabeth is most excited about the new people she will met and the bonds she’ll build, with her peers and those she is serving.
"It’s not enough to just say youth homelessness is an issue; I actually want to put time and effort into doing something about it."
Cody is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut. Throughout college, Cody studied psychological sciences and political science. He aspires to use his knowledge of psychology to one day have a direct care job as a clinical psychologist. In addition to his academic pursuits, Cody served as co-president of Tom’s Leadership Council (a student-run Catholic campus ministry organization) and participated in multiple spring break mission trips to Appalachia. If he could have any superpower, Cody would choose teleportation, to further his love of adventure. When asked what he is most looking forward to during his year of service, Cody promptly replied, “What am I not looking forward to?”
"As I continue to grow in my relationship with God He uses service to show me how to be more like Him. "
Rachel is a graduate of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Rachel majored in psychology and hopes to one day pursue a career in social work. Rachel loves to travel; whenever she can get her hands on a plane ticket she jumps at the opportunity. After graduating Rachel spent 3 months living in Haiti. “It totally wrecked me, in a good way; it totally changed my life,” Rachel said of her experience. Rachel considers service to be a crucial aspect of being a follower of Christ. Rachel believes that if she can help at least one person while working with Faith Community then her service will be a success. She also hopes her work with Covenant House will help to “simplify [her] life in a way that honors God.”
"Service is something that makes sense to me; it comes organically - it’s something I do without really thinking about it."
After finishing high school in upstate New York Jason attended SUNY Geneseo where he studied geography. Jason plays ultimate frisbee, leads small groups within his Christian inter-varsity group and has even won a few pancake eating competitions in his day! During college Jason went on a spring break mission trip to NYC that exposed him allowed him to engage with homeless individuals as well as those affected by sex trafficking. Since Jason grew up in a rural area this trip exposed him to some of the harsh realities of city life. By spending a year at Covenant House New York Jason will continue to learn about the struggles of urban life. He will also be able to pull from his past service experiences in order to benefit the lives of homeless youths.
"I get to work with young people, live outside of my comfort zone, and challenge myself."
Elizabeth is a second year Faith Community member! She has spent the past year serving with Faith Community in Georgia. Her second year of Faith Community will be spent at Covenant House New York. Elizabeth grew up in Fredonia, NY. She enjoys reading, writing, and working out. Elizabeth studied English and creative writing in Buffalo, NY and hopes to obtain her MSW after her second year of service. While attending mass Elizabeth heard a sermon about “being a pioneer” and how “God wants us to spread our light.” This stuck with Elizabeth and heavily influenced her decision to spend a second year serving with Covenant House. Elizabeth loves the work she has done in Georgia and is excited to begin a new chapter in New York.
"I always say, “What would Jesus do?” or “How would Jesus navigate the situation?” I’m always thinking about Jesus."
Eli was born, raised, and attended college in the state of New Jersey. As a result of his love of reading Eli became an English major. After graduating from Kean University Eli moved to Mexico where he studied Spanish. Eli hopes to use his skills in English and Spanish to one day teach ESL to immigrants. He just finished a certification in ESL that will help him to achieve this goal! Some of his favorite authors are Maya Angelou and Sandra Cisneros. Eli believes his prior involvement in service has broadened the scope of his future teaching career. By serving with Faith Community Eli hopes to grow in his faith and expand his experience working with immigrants and homeless youths.