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What? The CSJ Volunteers in Mission is a lay volunteer program sponsored by the Sisters of
St. Joseph of Chambery for single women over the age of 18. The goal is to provide direct service
with those in need. Essential elements of the program include service, spiritual reflection and
community living.

Where? Volunteers in Mission serve in Connecticut, Kentucky, and Alabama.

Benefits: Long-term volunteers receive room and board, a monthly stipend, transportation to and
from the ministry sites, health insurance, student loan deferment, and an Americorps education
award. Short-term volunteers receive room and board and transportation to and from the ministry
sites. Volunteers live with a Sister or Sisters, and with other volunteers as the situation allows.

How long? Long-term placements last from nine months to two years. Our program is unique
because we offer many short-term placements as well. These can be from one week to three
months anytime throughout the year.

Opportunities include: Childcare, tutoring, social outreach, camp counselor and teaching.
Other opportunities include teacher’s aide, family life education, soup kitchen, parish involvement,
after-school programs, health services and spiritual outreach.

Ministry Sites:
Trust House—a family learning center in downtown Hartford offering free education, counseling
services, and childcare to a diverse population.

Jubilee House—an urban center in Hartford offering English as a Second Language, refugee
assistance, computer classes, and pre-college classes.

House of Bread—soup kitchen, day shelter for the homeless, education for young mothers in
Hartford, and summer camp for urban youth in Vermont.

Tabor House I and II—residential ministry in Hartford, providing a wholesome, safe and
loving home for homeless women and men living with HIV/AIDS.

Rural Ministry in McKee and Whitley City, Kentucky; and Vredenburgh, Alabama—
elderly visitation, house repair, outreach to youth, parish ministry, emergency assistance, etc.

For more information or to request an application:
S. Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ
27 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119

For more volunteer opportunities

The Catholic Volunteer Network