What makes VVC different?
Live in Faith
- Share weekly reflection and prayer as a community to give meaning and context to experiences of direct service
- Serve with a parish-based St. Vincent de Paul Conference to connect with others living the Vincentian charism and expand our experience of “neighbors helping neighbors”.
- Participate in three retreats throughout the year to help re-center and ground you on your service year journey
Grow in Friendship
- Live in intentional community with 5-8 other VVCs to help support you during your year
- Embody the St. Vincent de Paul motto, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” living two blocks from the Liz Carter Outreach Center where you serve
- Engage in relationship with a diverse network: the VVC community, parish Vincentians, retreatants from the Ozanam Center for Service Learning, as well as neighbors in need
Serve in Solidarity
- Serve full-time for St. Vincent de Paul in unique work placements based on your professional goals, skills, and the needs of the organization
- Be welcomed in the homes of our neighbors in need through home visits as a unique opportunity to provide person-to-person service
- Gain new skills and professional experience to position you for success beyond a year with VVC 100% of program alumni have gone on to a meaningful next step (school, career, or another service year) within six months of completion of the program.
"After completing college, I began my career in corporate finance because I thought that it would provide me with the best avenue to address issues of social equity. Over time, I came to realize that my professional work was completely disconnected from my lived experiences, identities, and events in the social world that were afflicting marginalized communities. VVC helped me discern my calling to social entrepreneurship and the professoriate by providing opportunities for me to (re)discover that my liberation is dependent upon the liberation of my neighbors from poverty and systems of oppression."
–Demar Lewis (VVC ’14)