New Resident Assistant
I’d like to introduce to you our newest community member Matt Raffol. He joined us this month as our new Resident Assistant and lives with the full-time volunteer community.
|Matt Raffol, new Resident Assistant|
Matt graduated from Boston College after studying psychology and economics. He then volunteered full-time for a year with MercyWorks at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, in Chicago. As a MercyWorks volunteer, Matt lived in community with 13 other volunteers, and worked in residential care with adolescents who were experiencing a variety of difficult situations. As a former volunteer he has an appreciation for the joys, challenges, and opportunities of communal volunteer living. Following his MercyWorks year, Matt worked at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, in residential psychotherapeutic treatment with adolescents experiencing profound mental and emotional health needs. This summer, Matt will be interning with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and in the fall, he will continue his graduate studies at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration as a full-time student.
When asked what drew Matt to apply for this position he said, “I was drawn to FOA’smission to seek personal and societal transformation in the spirit of the Gospel. I am excited to have the privilege of accompanying a group of highly committed people as they journey through a year of life filled with service and community. I hope, through relationships with volunteers and contact with their ministry at FOA, to be transformed toward more aware relationship with God.”
Matt is also looking forward “to the inevitable opportunities for personal and communal spiritual growth that will come through impassioned conversation about dirty dishes left in the sink. It would also be cool to learn some conversational German.”
Please join us in welcoming Matt!