Want to make a difference? Up for a real challenge? Then you might have what it takes to join ASP’s next fellowship class.
ASP Fellows will live and serve together in rural Appalachia, working to eradicate substandard housing while listening for God’s calling in their life.
Fellows will serve for a year in teams of four at one of ASP’s year round sites. They will coordinate more than 1,000 volunteers as they serve 40-50 families, making homes warmer, safer, and drier. Fellows will be a part of a team that challenges each other to hear and respond to God’s call in each other’s lives, by participating in a supportive community, guided discernment activities, and personal mentoring.
Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend, housing, food and access to an ASP vehicle for work use. Compensation is intentionally set at a similar level to many of the families you will serve. It is enough to live on, but also a challenge to live simply.
The work is demanding. The pace is hectic. The conditions are far from luxurious. But, the rewards are truly life-changing. You will see the lives of Appalachian families changed and the hearts of volunteers transformed. Best of all, you will know that for an entire year, you did all you could and gave everything you had to serve your fellow human beings and serve your God.
The following are the key responsibilities that each staff member takes on during the year:
In addition to the collective responsibilities, each staff member is assigned one of the following positions:
You not only live in community, you serve side-by-side in the mission of eradicating substandard housing. The impact you make goes far beyond your own efforts as you help over 1,000 volunteers grow through their own service. All year long you are surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the stillness of small communities, and a supportive environment that allows you to really listen to God’s call in your life.
Every Fellow works through a process of vocational discernment and participates in daily service. In their service, everyone works together to plan and manage construction projects, supervise volunteers and provide nightly programming, interact and engage within the community and hold meaningful conversations regarding vocational discernment. Each position also holds a specific set of additional responsibilities that help with the logistic management of their center.
During times when there are volunteers, a typical day might look like the following:
When volunteers are not present, you will prepare the center for the next group of volunteers. This is also a time to reflect on vocational discernment and to get involved with the community.
ASP likes to reference the Frederick Buechner quote that reads: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Vocational discernment is a process of reading, studying, conversation and prayer that help you listen to where God is calling you. We believe everyone is called to be of service to others and there are many ways to respond to that call. ASP’s program provides particular resources and curriculum to help with vocational discernment but because everyone responds to different discovery styles, we are very open to working with each Fellow to help in whatever way works best for them.
ASP will provide you with a private bedroom and shared living space that includes all utilities, WiFi and cable. We provide food whenever there are volunteers at the center. All Fellows receive a small living stipend per month. We offer training in your specialization and personal mentoring to help you reach both work and personal goals.