Bon Secours Ministry Volunteers live together in intentional community. The two BSVM houses, in Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA are within walking distance of the volunteer ministry placement sites. The decision for volunteers to live in the neighborhood in which they serve is a deliberate choice to be in “radical solidarity with the poor, the suffering, and those most in need.” The location of the volunteers’ homes in Baltimore and Richmond enable them firstly to build relationships with their neighbors and also to better reflect on both the beauty and injustices that their neighbors face daily. BSVM sees the locations of our houses as sacred ground and wonderful spaces for relationship.
Both houses are located close to downtown, so volunteers often have the chance to attend free festivals and concerts, check out parks, join sports leagues, and explore the city without having to go far. Volunteers in Baltimore and Richmond also have a plethora of options for getting out into surrounding areas of nature on the weekends.
The houses themselves provide space for cooking, eating, prayer, recreation, sleeping, working, and other activities that allow volunteers to build intentional community. All volunteers share a bedroom. There are also many common areas including a living, meditation, computer, and dining room for volunteers to access for individual and communal time.