Has it already been two weeks?

To everyone that has been wondering what I am up to, I am so sorry that this next blog post has taken me such a long time to write. After a week of orientation at Stony Point Center in New York, I arrived in D.C. and have been living here for about a week. We just had our wifi installed today, so that has been a big part of my blog delay!

So much has happened over the past few weeks that I do not know where to even begin at this point. Orientation at Stony Point was an incredible experience. While I was there I had the opportunity to attend interesting seminars, make friends with other YAVs serving all over the world, and explore the beauty of Stony Point Center. Before leaving Stony Point for D.C. I was commissioned at Palisades Presbyterian Church in New York. I wish to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to Reverend Angela and the rest of the congregation for being so welcoming.

Palisades Presbyterian Church

Palisades Presbyterian Church

On Monday August 31st I arrived in Washington D.C. and found out my work placement for the year. This year I will be working at two locations! On Mondays, I will work at Miriam’s Kitchen. Here’s a quick quote from the website to give you an idea about the work done there, “Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C. Miriam’s Kitchen meets the guests’ short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to more than 5,000 homeless individuals each year, while also advocating for proven housing programs like Permanent Supportive Housing as a long-term solution.”

The rest of the week I will be working at the Office of Public Witness for the Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness is the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its task is to advocate, and help the church to advocate, the social witness perspectives and policies of the Presbyterian General Assembly. I start work next week, and I am very excited!!

I don’t want to turn this blog post into a book, so I will leave you with some more pictures of my experiences during these past two weeks. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

While in New York, I had the opportunity to attend an interfaith service remembering the Nigerian Women abducted by Boko Haram. It had been 500 days since they had disappeared.

While in New York, I had the opportunity to attend an interfaith service remembering the Nigerian Women abducted by Boko Haram. It had been 500 days since they had disappeared.

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On my first night in D.C., our site coordinator took me and my roommates in a biking tour of the monuments!

On my first night in D.C., our site coordinator took me and my roommates on a biking tour of the monuments!

Now that I have wifi, I will be updating more! Also, a super special thank you to John David and Ionela Day for opening their home to me and being so welcoming. Having family members that live close makes the moving transition feel a bit easier!

Thank you all so much for supporting me.

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