Deepening Lives Through Community
“Deepening lives through volunteer service, social justice, spiritual practice, and intentional community.”
Did you know the Episcopal Service Corps has program in our own back yard, dedicated to serving the most vulnerable among us? Soon to enter its fifth year, Seattle Service Corps (SSC), based at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, will welcome seven young adults in their early 20s in late August for a year of formation as servant leaders. Participants commit to ten months of living simply in intentional community, cultivating spiritual practices, and learning, all while volunteering with partner non-profits 32 hours each week. SSC’s volunteer service placements are with Seattle-area organizations that advocate for and engage with immigrant rights, affordable housing, early learning and education, homelessness support services, feeding ministries, addiction recovery, community organizing, communications, and faith formation.
In order to safely welcome a new cohort of young adults to launch their 2020-2021 service year, Seattle Service Corps must quarantine every member independently upon arrival for 14 days. St. Andrew’s House retreat center is able to provide safe, separate accommodations and meals for corps members August 25 – September 7, 2020. Every spring, SSC conducts its year-end retreat at St. Andrew’s House, an event that is always remembered by outgoing corps members as a cherished highlight of their year. The prospect of what will in many ways be a challenging, isolating quarantine, is made infinitely better by the possibility of being in the beautiful, grounding, spiritually nourishing sacred space that is St. Andrew’s House.
Seattle Service Corps is grateful to St. Andrew’s House for its abiding partnership, and willingness to underwrite a significant portion of the cost of quarantine. None of us planned for pandemics in our budgets, but SSC needs help to make this happen. Any donation you can offer will have a very deep and abiding impact. Not only will SSC be able to be of service to the broader community, the growth, formation, and discernment this experience offers its participants makes a difference that lasts a lifetime.
- Adam Conely, SSC Director. For more information about Seattle Service Corps, please contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate to the Theodorus Fund to help SSC's stay at St. Andrew's House here: https://www.saintandrewshouse.org/product-page/donation-to-the-theodorus-fund