HFA Year Long Volunteers
Hands and Feet of Asheville welcomes our two HFA volunteers, Rachel Rasmussen and Laura Collins and the AmeriCorps volunteer, Estella Morales. These three volunteers are placed with agencies in and around Asheville to serve for a year of volunteer service, live in intentional community together, and reflect on their experiences throughout the year with guidance and support by HFA director, Sarah Robinson and other community leaders.
Rachel Rasmussen is spending the year serving at Homeward Bound of Asheville in the Hope to Home program, working with individuals who are transitioning into permanent housing and teams of volunteers from local faith communities. She is coming back to Asheville after living for a year in intentional Christian community at Jubilee Partners in northern Georgia. Rachel graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2011 with a double major in Global Studies and Environmental Education. After spending her childhood as a missionary kid in Spain, and her adolescence among the Bible Belt of Charlotte, North Carolina, Rachel is now a part of the Circle of Mercy congregation here in Asheville.
My name is Laura Collins. I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I have been a member at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church for about ﬁve years and am so thankful that they are supporting me through out this up coming year. My last year of high school at Ben Lippen High I decided to take a gap year so that I could discern my faith and have the opportunity to do mission work before attending college. This year I will be working at the Irene Wortham Center helping maintain the garden and also teaching special needs children about nutrition and gardening. I’m so excited to be working with children and look forward to learning something from them as well.
My name is Estella Morales. I grew up in the southwest city of El Paso, Texas. I was raised by a single mom with my two sisters, and being the middle child, was often the peacemaker. For many years there was not any sort of spiritual aspect to my life, except for the occasional visit to the Catholic Church.
My own personal faith journey began when I started high school. I attended a small Christian college in Cleveland, Tennessee. After Graduating in the spring of 2010, I spent 2 years on the island of Roatán, Honduras living and working with missionaries.
I am now living in Asheville and working with ProjectPOWER-Americorps. I am serving as a reading enrichment specialist and teaching assistant at ArtSpace Charter School. I am grateful for the community that comes as a part of being with Hands and Feet and I am so excited to see what this year brings us all!