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Loyola University New Orleans Graduates join JVC and JVC Northwest

Loyola press release - December 10, 2015

Recent Graduates Dedicate a Year of Service as Jesuit Volunteers

Loyola University New Orleans alumni have recently embarked on full-time service with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest:

Volunteers with JVC:

  • Troy Thayer ’15 of Tacoma, Wash. - Westside Children’s Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Stephanie Roca ‘ 15 of Daphne, Ala. - Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose, Calif.

Volunteers with JVC Northwest:

  • George Carr of Simpsonville, Wash.- Paschal Sherman Indian School, Omak, Wash.

As volunteers with these two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, these graduates serve people who live on the margins of society and have committed to living simply and working for social change in a reflective and spiritually supportive community with other Jesuit Volunteers.

Loyola University New Orleans graduates are some of the 267 JVC volunteers serving in 37 U.S. cities and 6 countries across the world, and the 148 JVC Northwest JV/AmeriCorps members serving in 24 Northwest communities.

Jesuit Volunteers serve hundreds of thousands of people each year, addressing issues such as hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, and food justice. They serve in Indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy organizations across the country and world.

“Each year it is inspiring to welcome a new group of women and men, like the graduates of Loyola University New Orleans, who choose serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps,” said Tim Shriver, president of JVC. “Ignited by faith, our volunteers serve in communities that are tackling the world’s greatest challenges: homelessness, hunger, mental illness, crime and poverty. In joining and providing vital service within these communities across the U.S. and abroad, our Jesuit Volunteers are permanently transformed themselves ― and are prepared for a lifetime of putting faith into action.”

“We welcome young adults from across the country to the Northwest to share their gifts, education, knowledge, and enthusiasm with those experiencing marginalization and poverty,” said Jeanne Haster, executive director of JVC Northwest. “They are an inspiration and provide hope for our future as they live out our four values of community: simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality with other kindred spirits."