2016-2017 Volunteers


r-betty
Hi I’m Rachel I’m 26 from Nashville Tennessee and I have a degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. I’ve been working the past two and half years for a non profit called High Hopes Development Center in Franklin, TN. It’s a Preschool and Therapy Clinic that serves kids with and without special needs. Our classrooms are comprised of 60% typical children and 40% special needs children. Working with them has been so rewarding and wonderful, there are many days that I go home completely exhausted but knowing that my kids are being loved on and cared for on a daily basis brings me so much joy. The decision to be a part of the YAV program came about when I was in high school I went to Triennium Conference and heard about the program. I have always had an interest in it, but never knew when the right time was. My internship in Atlanta for the Discern program when I was in college sparked my interest further and I knew that this was an opportunity that I wanted to pursue. The praying and waiting period began and this past year, I decided that it was time for me to partake on this journey. I have a heart for people and a passion for helping the community. I knew that this would be challenging, but it was a challenge that I was ready for. I chose Asheville as my placement, after a period of discernment, because I felt a calling to the ministry, Hands and Feet, and the work that they do throughout the community. I hope in my life to make some kind of difference in social justice issues and I’m so excited to explore that this year.

 

s-smith

My name is Sammie Smith and I am from Franklin, Indiana and I went to school at Indiana State University where I earned a bachelors degree in chemistry. While at ISU I was very involved with Spectrum, the student organization for queer students and allies. Because of this, I am very interested in LGBTQ ministry. Other social justice issues that I am interested in include youth homelessness, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the distribution of wealth. I’m really excited to finally get to Asheville and meet everyone!

 

 

j-gliddon

My name is Jeremy Glidden and I come from Lakeville, NY, on the top of the westernmost Finger Lake, Conesus. With my B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies from Grove City College, I plan to work in ministry outside of the church setting. Because of my background of working with people with Developmental Disabilities, I am an advocate for that specific population and how they are assimilated into society.

 

 

 

 

 

b-joseph

My name is Briana and I am a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. I majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology because I am fascinated with human thought and behavior. After my year of service with the YAV program, I plan on attending graduate school to further develop my understanding of the human mind. Both children and underrepresented populations are of special interest to me, so I am extremely excited to serve as a YAV in Asheville, NC! Giving back to my local community, gaining insight on the populations I hope to dedicate my life’s work to, and developing both personal and professional level through this program will surely be a rewarding and invaluable experience!

 

a-thomas

My name is Andy Thomas and I’m incredibly excited to begin his year of service in Asheville! I completed my¬†first year as a Young Adult Volunteer in Washington, DC serving at Church of the Pilgrims and the Pilgrimage, a service learning hostel in the heart of DC. Prior to my first YAV year, I attended college at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ after growing up in Tucson, AZ. I¬†graduated with a degree in Political Science but am now discerning a call to therapy and counseling with the hope of working with LGBTQ youth. I am passionate about restoring humanity and dignity to people on the fringes of our society and hopes to live out that passion during my year in Asheville.