Bon Secours Volunteers make certain choices about their living situation when choosing to join the program. Volunteers live in an intentional community, making a conscious effort to be present to other community members and to their needs. Within the house, volunteers share living space, household responsibilities, meals, and in community prayer several nights a week. Most volunteers will share a bedroom as well.
The volunteer house is located within the neighborhood in which volunteers serve, giving volunteers a unique opportunity to join more fully in the community where they are working and to serve their neighbors at their placement sites. The house is also located near downtown Baltimore, providing volunteers the chance to experience many of the cultural and recreational events that Baltimore has to offer outside working hours.
The volunteer house was recently donated for our program’s use, and the volunteers have expressed their appreciation of the space. The three floors provide space for cooking, eating, prayer, recreation, sleeping, working, storage and even being outside in the backyard on nicer days. The ground floor also has a beautiful mural above the fireplace depicting the Bread and Roses strike, which demanded justice for workers at a textile mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts in the early 20th century.
“You can hold back from the sufferings of the world,
that is something you are free to do and it is in accordance with your nature,
but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could have avoided.” -Franz Kafka