Service Corps Update

Due to concerns around the COVID-19 crisis, and out of an abundance of caution, the college has suspended the Stonehill Service Corps for the 2020-2021 service year.

Requirements

Corps members must commit to the program's principles of service, simple living, community, and spirituality. The program is open to graduating college seniors of all faiths.

Application Process

Priority application deadline is February 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after that date and will close when the program is at capacity. For out-of-state applicants, the interview may be conducted via Skype. 

For more information or to apply, contact Kris Silva, Stonehill Service Corps Director, at ksilva@stonehill.edu or 508-565-1559.

Orientation and Training

Corps members participate in a weekend orientation in August immediately prior to the start of the program. Orientation and job specific training will also be conducted on-site at their service placement after the start of the program.

Accommodations

Corps members live in a large home in Brockton, MA on the grounds of Christ the King Parish and Trinity Catholic Academy. The Stonehill Service Corps members live together in a joined community with six members of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps program. As the Corps members are challenged to live simply in solidarity with those they serve, a modest monthly stipend of $500 is offered for food and incidentals. Corps members may bring their vehicle at their own expense, but a van is provided as well. The cost of rent and utilities are covered. Corps members must provide their own health insurance coverage.

Recent Partners and Corps Members

Father Bill's & MainSpring

For more than three decades, Father Bill's & MainSpring (FBMS), a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, has been a leading innovator of ending homelessness. Their mission is to end and prevent homelessness in Southeastern Massachusetts with programs that provide emergency and permanent housing and help people obtain skills, jobs, housing, and services. They help people who are struggling with homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness, to achieve self-sufficiency.

NICOLE AMBROSECCHIO '17, STONEHILL COLLEGE

My name is Nicole Ambrosecchio and I graduated from Stonehill College in 2017 with a double major in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Spanish, and a minor in Communication. This year I have the privilege of working with Father Bill's and MainSpring as a Direct Service Case Manager, or Triage Worker, and I am the first Stonehill Service Corps member to join the FBMS team! As a Triage Worker, I have my own caseload of clients I work closely with who are struggling with homelessness and I help them obtain many different service and resources so they can eventually achieve self-sufficiency and find housing. I work with people who struggle with mental health issues, substance use disorders, physical and mental disabilities, and even survivors of domestic violence. It is a challenging and intense job, but it is extremely rewarding and I have gained invaluable skills that will follow me through me career as a social worker.

Community Connections of Brockton, The Family Center

The Family Center, an initiative of Community Connections of Brockton, is an organization that connects with other neighborhood-based resources to foster networks of support and strength within families. By promoting parental resilience, offering education on parenting and child development, establishing social connections, and providing support in times of need, The Family Center works to prevent child abuse and neglect while promoting healthy relationships within the community. This organization offers a variety of services that are free to the public, ranging from educational and workplace navigation, community resource identification, and hosting a social events to promote fun in the community.

SHARA JAMATIA '17, STONEHILL COLLEGE

Hello Everyone! I graduated with a Communications Degree and a Business minor, and am very delighted to be working at the Family Center at Community Connections of Brockton as a Communications and Marketing Specialist. My day to day work consists of updating and maintaining the websites, creating a monthly calendar, spreading the word about free and affordable family friendly local events using social media platforms, collaborating with other non-profit organizations to host local events, and assisting in daily functioning of the office which may include handling incoming and outgoing calls and assisting clients visiting our office.

House of Possibilities

The House of Possibilities (HOPe) seeks to make a difference for children, adults, and families living with developmental challenges by providing high quality programs, relief, and hope. The HOPe House is committed to reaching out to families in the community by welcoming them into a home-like atmosphere where clients can relax, enjoy life and live the fullest lives imaginable. In order to live out this mission, the House of Possibilities has implemented a number of programs to both develop skills and entertain clients. Three programs-Community Based Day, Employment Support, and Day Habilitation Programs-have been created for adults while activities such as Adventure Club, Snack and Chat, and Cheerleading at Stonehill College have been generated for children and teens.

KATRINA KOBUS '17, STONEHILL COLLEGE

My name is Katrina Kobus and I graduated from Stonehill College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. I decided to commit a year to serving at the House of Possibilities through the SSC program. My Client Services Assistant position here entails more than one may think - I could be doing anything and everything at any given moment. I've learned my role here supports all departments in this organization through a variety of administrative tasks, but most importantly, it supports the adult clients in the Day Habilitation Program. I spend most of my time working with these amazing individuals, providing direct care, taking them out on community outings, and ensuring they receive a quality experience each day they walk through the door. Some activities I take part in with the clients include recycling, participating in the Meals on Wheels program, taking a group over to Mansfield Shredding Services, and going for walks at Stonehill and other areas in Easton. Although challenges arise, the clients make every minute of my work special and meaningful. Moving forward, I am certain that the lessons I learn, insights I gain, and skills I acquire through this year of service will carry over to all my future endeavors.

Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA)

Established in 2007, Trinity Catholic Academy is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade academy divided into two campuses.  Although the school is physically divided, the faculty, staff, and entire student body come together as one family. According to its mission statement, TCA "strives to instill the spirit and teachings of the Catholic faith while offering a challenging academic curriculum."  That curriculum is enriched with fine arts, technology, and athletics.  The school offers many services to assist both students and their families:  extended day programs; breakfast and lunch; intramural sports; clubs and activities like choir and drama.  Trinity Catholic Academy seeks to educate the whole person--mind, body, and soul--in a safe, welcoming environment conducive to learning.

AISHA MCADAMS '17, STONEHILL COLLEGE

I have had the pleasure of joining Trinity Catholic Academy this year as an academic support coordinator. My position at TCA allows me to not only offer academic support but mentorship as well. Primarily, I work one-on-one with students who struggle academically and behaviorally. It is my goal to help my students better understand their strengths and offer them the tools to grow. While offering in-class support, I also strive to bring out the creativity in each student by offering an after-school art and crafts club.

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