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Mercy Volunteer Corps Members Welcomed to San Francisco

August 26, 2015

Mercy Volunteers in San Francisco

L-R: Bianca Huerta and Lauren Mifsud
are pictured with Katie McGeehan,
former Mercy Corps volunteer, now living
and working in the San Francisco Bay
Area who will serve as a volunteer
support person for the coming year.

Mercy Corps Volunteers Bianca Huerta and Lauren Mifsud were warmly welcomed by the local Support Team of Sisters of Mercy in San Francisco, CA on Aug. 9.  Mercy Volunteer Corps missioned 32 new volunteers this year, four of whom will be going to Guyana.   The following West Midwest sites will be graced with the presence of volunteers:  San Francisco, Sacramento, Arizona, and Detroit.

Bianca, a second-year Mercy Corps volunteer, is originally from Chicago, Illinois and will be serving in the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in the Tenderloin.   She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in clinical/counseling psychology and Spanish, and is looking forward to utilizing both her education and last year’s experience as patient advocate at Mary Howard Health Center in Philadelphia, in her new ministry.

Lauren, who is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, will be assisting at St. Peter’s School in San Francisco.  Lauren received her M.A. in mathematics education from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.  Her student teaching experience at Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia, PA,  inspired her to consider serving with Mercy Corps.

Both Bianca and Lauren share a common passion for social justice and a concern for the poor, marginalized, and those who are struggling.  Both appreciate the opportunity to be immersed in the values and works of the Sisters of Mercy.

“I can’t tell you how inspired I was by the Mercy Volunteer Corps orientation in Pittsburgh,” said Sister Judy Carle.   “Our volunteers were brought into the ‘stream’ of Mercy through a focus on our Mercy Critical Concerns.   Catherine McAuley was made present in our midst in the compelling words of Sister Sheila Carney.”    

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