Meet a Volunteer: Jes Stevens
Jes Stevens is from St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Fontbonne University where he studied Applied Sociology and Psychology. In school, Jes completed numerous service projects and held leadership roles in the Student Government Association and Orientation team. Jes serves as an Organizing Fellow at Catholics United--Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, in Washington D.C.
What have you been doing at your placement?
I have been doing a lot of communications work for Catholics United--Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Our efforts are to alert the public to the values and the social mission of the Catholic church.
What is one thing you love about community living?
One of the things I love about community living is the laughter. There are so many unique and funny things that happen when you live in community that it may be hard for someone who isn’t living in an intentional community to understand.
What has been one surprise, challenge or learning this year?
I have been challenged by the day to day happenings of having a job where I work 40 hours a week. College was a lot different!
What do you value about your relationship with the Loretto Community?
I value the experiences and the stories that the sisters and co-members of the Loretto Community are able to share. These people have led incredible lives, and being able to soak in their wisdom has been such a learning experience
What advice do you have for someone considering doing a year of service?
The advice I have for someone considering a year of service would be lean in to the uncomfortable, you will be faced with challenges and questions that are difficult to address, even in deciding if a year of service is a good fit. But the amount you can learn about yourself and about life and other people is incredible!
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