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Sarah Uhl volunteers at abode services in Fremont, California

Aug 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

10 August 2016 (Elgin, IL) – Sarah Uhl of Elizabethtown, PA has recently undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) assignment with ABODE Services in Fremont, CA.  Abode Services works in partnership with homeless people, affirming their personhood and offering opportunities for self-help, self-determination, and community interaction. Workers share the burdens of their clients while encouraging them to improve their own situation. Believing that addressing the problem of homelessness requires both personal and social effort, Abode also works with homeless persons to create new social systems or to change the old systems that allow homelessness to prevail.

Sarah is a member of the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren in Elizabethtown, PA. Sarah is a 2016 graduate of Elizabethtown Area Senior High School where she was involved in activities such as Relay for Life, Science Club, Chearleading, and the Yearbook Staff. Sarah is excited to be serving at ABODE Services for her upcoming BVS year. Sarah can be reached through the BVS office at 1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin IL 60120.

Sarah’s assignment to ABODE Services followed an orientation based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland where a group of 14 volunteers came together from all over the United States and Germany. For three weeks, they lived together as a community and studied topics of nonviolence, human rights, poverty, and simple living. They also gained first-hand volunteer experience working with local organizations in New Windsor, MD and Washington D.C. Orientation builds community spirit among participants through personal sharing, fellowship and increased knowledge of the world.

Sarah is taking part in a long standing tradition of ministry through service. BVS, established in 1948, works at advocating justice, peacemaking, serving basic human needs, and maintaining the integrity of creation. Approximately 60 current BVSers in the U.S. and abroad work with various peace and social/economic justice organizations. They focus on many current social needs including care for children, youth and senior citizens; ecological issues; homelessness; refugee assistance; domestic and international peacemaking; and general community services. In exchange for their work, volunteers receive room, board and a small monthly stipend from their project. Brethren Volunteer Service, a program of the Church of the Brethren, is open to any person 18 years or older interested in service through a Christian program.

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