Chicago, Illinois

Dweller - Chicago

-- Chicago, Illinois

1 year term
Ages 19-30
DOOR

 

 

​ ​Are you interested in spending a year:

  • Exploring the intersection of faith, calling, and social issues
  • Focusing on spiritual development
  • Engaging in vocational discernment
  • Learning about the urban church from local pastors and leaders
  • Sharing your gifts through a placement at a local agency or ministry
  • Experiencing other cultures while sharing your own with housemates and neighbors

Dwell gives you the opportunity for all these experiences and more!
If you are 19-30 years old and interested in dedicating a year to serving at an agency, growing your faith, and learning from housemates, neighbors, and local church leaders, then Dwell is the place for you!

A Dwell year will be stretching, joyful, challenging, and life-giving, sometimes all in one day. The Dwell experience will help you gain a sense of the vastness of God's kingdom and your place in it.
Dwell gives you the opportunity for all these experiences and more! If you are 19-30 years old and interested in dedicating a year to serving at an agency, growing your faith, and learning from housemates, neighbors, and local church leaders, then Dwell is the place for you!

A Dwell year will be stretching, joyful, challenging, and life-giving, sometimes all in one day. The Dwell experience will help you gain a sense of the vastness of God's kingdom and your place in it.

Program Features

  • Live with other Dwell participants in an intentional community house
  • Work at a local agency placement 32 hours per week
  • Community day once per week (includes Bible and book studies, service projects, story sharing, cultural events, city exploration, etc. planned by the local city director and Dwell participants)
  • Small monthly stipend
  • Housing, groceries, toiletries, and local transportation covered by program
  • Health insurance coverage, if needed
  • Multiple discernment, reflection, and learning retreats

The Chicago Dwell Experience:

  • Explore many of Chicago's 77 culturally diverse neighborhoods
  • Learn about race, poverty, and other issues of injustice from local leaders and residents with a long-standing commitment to activism and organizing
  • Spend time as a Dwell community sharing meals, reading and discussing books, doing service, and praying together
  • Grow and develop as individuals by setting goals, stepping out of their comfort zone, and building cross-cultural relationships with neighbors, co-workers, and fellow Dwellers
  • Participate in community days where Dwell participants and the City Director will connect and learn from each other as they explore Chicago; meet with community leaders; attend cultural events; and reflect, serve, and advocate for disenfranchised populations together
  • Participate in several retreats during the year that may include storytelling, silence and reflection, connection with Dwellers/YAVs from other cities, and a year end celebration

Typical Placements

  • A local school that aims to "equip youth to lead and service as Christians so they can make a difference in the world." Volunteers work as teaching assistants and in the after school programs.
  • A housing program that works on a grassroots level for fair and affordable housing by working directly with community residents.
  • An after school program that provides educational, recreational, and sports programs. Participants work with either pre-k, elementary, or junior high students in different levels of programming as teaching assistants. Participants are often asked to take more responsibility based on skill levels.
  • A domestic violence prevention program that works with an emergency shelter as well as educating students in local high schools.

​Qualifications

  • 19-30 years old (if you are outside of this range, contact us)
  • One (or more) year(s) out of high school. Some college experience preferred, but not necessary
  • Willing to be an active attender of a local church in your placement city
  • Able to fundraise $6,500 financial support. Financial assistance may be available.
  • Able to work at a local agency for 32 hours per week
  • Willing to commit to the Dwell community and the full year program



 Program info

 

 

DOORDOOR<p>​<strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​See the face of God in the city</strong></p><span><div class="sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"><div class="sqs-block-content"><p>DOOR is a gateway for encountering the city through the eyes, ears, and heart of God. We are dedicated to providing life-changing experiences for our participants rooted in relationship and solidarity with local communities and neighborhoods. All of our programming grows out of a commitment to mutual respect and thoughtful reflection.</p></div></div><p><span><span>Ages 13–30</span></span><br></p><p><span>Short-term group experiences, internships, and year-long community-based service.</span><br></p></span>

 Program site

 

 

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