Volunteer Stories

Support, Relationships, and Balance

During my typical work day, I start by getting the pantry set up and opening at 8:45am. I’ll check clients in and fill orders until 11 when the pantry closes and I’ll switch gears to getting the soup kitchen window ready. From 11:30-1pm, volunteers serve at the soup kitchen and I float around doing dishes,…


A “Lightbulb” Moment

I vividly remember the first time I first heard of FrancisCorps. I was sitting at my library one fall Thursday night back at Hope College, my Alma Mater when I decided to take a short break and browse my Instagram. Once there, I saw the “story” of my friend Elena Northuis, who was doing FrancisCorps…


Beautiful Simplicity

I waited almost a complete year to begin my FrancisCorps experience. I officially committed to FrancisCorps in October 2020, and now here I am in the midst of an experience I waited so long to arrive. However, as the day came closer to arrive to Syracuse, I felt like the enemy began to fill my…


God’s Greatest Gift

The goal had always been to attend medical school immediately following graduation, yet as the years of undergraduate education were coming to an end, I felt called to something different. I knew I wasn’t ready to dive into four more years of schooling and felt as if God was nudging me toward an experience that…


“Go with God”

FrancisCorps began as just another application to just another program on just another winter’s day. When I was accepted into the program and arrived on August 7th, that swiftly changed. What was an exciting idea quickly became tangible and oh so invigorating. I arrived at the FrancisCorps house, chose the best room, moved all my…


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