Elias Arias, Volunteer at FrancisCorps

Starting Over

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned since the pandemic began is that it’s one thing to hand out food, but it’s another to cultivate relationships with regular clients and volunteers. Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt a loss in the sense of community often found in the lobby area during lunch or…

Elias Arias, Volunteer at FrancisCorps

Heart for Service

Over Christmas break, I had the opportunity to visit my family and friends back home in Costa Rica. The difference from the place I am currently calling home and the place I had called home all my life couldn’t have been more different! In just a few hours, I went from speaking English to Spanish,…

Elias Arias, Volunteer at FrancisCorps

Seeking Silence

I met my first group of FrancisCorps volunteers in 2014 as a member of JUFRA, which is a Franciscan youth group in Costa Rica. I still remember that it was a large group and from that moment, the mission of FrancisCorps captured my attention but I never imagined that I would now be writing as…

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