Goal of Program:Amate House, the Young Adult Volunteer program of the Archdiocese of Chicago, fosters the transformation of its volunteers by providing experiences of full time service to people in need, community living, and faith formation. Amate House develops future leaders for the church and world who are committed to building a more just and loving society. Volunteers are asked to engage thoughtfully throughout their experience with the Amate House tenets of community, social justice, stewardship, faith, and service.
Type of Placement:We place volunteers in a wide variety of positions including: youth and family services, elder care, health education and outreach, immigrant and refugee services, nursing, legal aid, social services, education, youth ministry and many more.
Service Area:Chicago, IL
Service Length:The program is approximately 11 months, beginning in early August and running through mid-June. A second year of service is possible, including a new service site experience.
Requirements:Applicants must be single adults between the ages of 21-29, with a college degree or equivalent life experience. Volunteers are expected to commit to living out the Amate House tenets of community, social justice, stewardship, faith, and service.
Financial Arrangement:Transportation, room and board provided as well as health insurance. Volunteers receive a monthly allowance and an end of the year bonus.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in intentional community with 9-12 other Volunteers.
Program Size:We have between 20 and 25 Volunteers each year.
Training:Two week orientation at the beginning of the year. Ongoing education and formation activities throughout the year including: Fall, Winter, and Closing Retreats, Anti-Racism training and Restorative Justice in-services, Spiritual Direction, Professional Mentors, and Weekly Community Nights facilitated by Amate House Staff.
Application Deadline:Applications accepted starting in November, with interviews available starting in December. The priority deadline is January 15th. Rolling applications are accepted until program is filled.