Faces of Germantown

by | Jul 30, 2017 | Formation, Reflections | 1 comment

The new blog of the St. Vincent DePaul Young Adult Center is just a beautiful project to behold!

The Young Adult Center is a nonprofit house that hosts service retreat groups from high schools and colleges that follow the Vincentian teachings. The blog was started by a summer intern in May 2017 in order to put names and sometimes faces to the community members of Germantown and showcase some of the stories and talents of the people living there. Here’s one entry called “Art in the Form of Simplicity”:

On May 22nd 2017, I went with Darcy, one of Vincent DePaul Young Adult Center’s directors, to DePaul USA, a nonprofit organization that helps men, who had previously experienced incarceration or homelessness, transition into new lives by offering them job and life skill training sessions. At the center located on Sprague Street, I assisted Darcy in conducting her monthly art club session where those receiving services from the organization can engage in recreational activities that serve as creative outlets. The theme of that day was in honor of National Postcard Month, where participants could create watercolor notecards and mail them to friends or family members with a stamp. Two men joined us in this art and craft project and even though actual postcards were not created during this session, the men’s mindless painting while chatting with Darcy and I turned into art anyway. Through our conversations, it became apparent that simply being able to talk and laugh with other people brightened not only the men’s days, but also our own. And maybe that’s what really counted during our art club session: the importance of the simple joy in human interactions.

Have a look and a read by clicking here. It’s quite lovely.

It’s a wonderful project by Vincentians … of Wherever!

1 Comment

  1. Sister Mary Grace Higgins

    What a great idea. I shall pray for the success o this venture here at St Louise
    House in Alban

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