I am currently 27 years old and grew up in a committed Christian family. My faith remains the most important part of my life. I studied philosophy and theology at North Park University in Chicago and was very involved in a student organization that sought out relationships with people living on the street. This experience changed the direction of my life from pursuing academia and intellectual dialogue to desiring to be transformed by the witness of vulnerable people. I grew up in Kansas City but have lived in Chicago for most of the past eight years. The last two years I have been living in a Christian community called Reba Place Fellowship, which is modeled on the church described in chapter two of the book of Acts where possessions are shared and no one is in need. For the past four years, my job has been to share life during the day with adults with developmental disabilities.
My hobbies and interests are as follows, in no particular order: geography, reading, craft beer, beatboxing, exploring, complicated HBO style TV shows, getting lost, civil conversations about theology, philosophy, or politics, eating good BBQ, singing, listening to NPR, hiking, watching college basketball, and listening to house/dubstep/trance music.
I hail from New Jersey but spent the last year as a JV serving in Seattle with Downtown Emergency Service Center. During my JV year, I serenaded my community to show tunes, learned what a spice cabinet is, and converted some community mates to Villanova Wildcat fans. I attempted to pick up the ukulele and knitting as hobbies but decided to stick with running marathons instead. During my time at Villanova, I participated in domestic and international service trips, led retreats, and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. In addition to running, my hobbies include hiking, backpacking, and watching "Friends." I also enjoy a good book and a cup of tea on a rainy northwest winter day. I am excited to explore more of the Pacific NW as the Inclusion Assistant at L'Arche Portland.
Sophia is from Baden-Württemberg in Germany and joins L’Arche Portland as an InVia fellow. Sophia recently graduated with her A-levels and enjoys swimming, skiing, jogging, cooking and baking. She has volunteered as a ski instructor, church youth ministries coordinator, and with a school for children with disabilities. Her long-term goals are to attend university and study social work. She is looking forward to helping others and getting to know herself and develop her character while at L’Arche Portland.
I recently graduated from Wheaton College where I studied Christian Education and Intercultural Studies. I am very passionate about the intersection of
Christianity and Social Justice, and those things motivate everything that I do. Learning is essential to me and I am always pursuing new teachers and experiences. My family and close friends are the greatest joys in my life. In my free time I love to live simply and invest in things that matter to me. Those include being active, reading, dancing, laughing, and communicating with people who are important to me.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sophia Rice grew up with Jewish and Christian culture and tradition, supported to explore diverse ways to connect to the spiritual world. In May 2016 she graduated from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania where she majored in Peace and Social Justice and minored in Politics and Spanish. At school, she participated in the Bonner Leader Program, a national anti-poverty and leadership organization. As a Bonner Leader, Sophia directed an after-school tutoring program and organized Ursinus College’s Diversity Monologues and an anti-rape/female body objectification demonstration on campus. Through these activities, coursework, and several internships, Sophia has developed a deep value of interdisciplinary problem solving as it pertains to the various types of oppression in this world. In her free time, she enjoys playing her cello, doing yoga, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Sophia will be supporting L’Arche Portland as a Quaker Voluntary Service fellow.
Hello, my name is Michael. I was raised in Olympia, Washington. I love being near water. I like insects and spiders and watching bugs do their buggy thing. I recently graduated from Eastern Washington University's MFA program in creative writing. Making poems is my way of more deeply inhabiting the gift of whatever experience I am given. I hope to someday live in another country for a long time.