Los Angeles, California

Dweller - Los Angeles

-- Los Angeles, California

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 Los Angeles Dwell Experience
To live in Los Angeles means to seek the face of God amidst the juxtaposition of fame, fortune, and dramatic poverty. With the largest and most diverse homeless population in the nation, Dwellers work in agencies and ministries that engage issues of economic injustice, mental health, domestic violence, and human trafficking. The Dwell team also shares life with a vibrant community of predominantly Central American immigrant neighbors and their children, working towards shared use of La Casa de la Comunidad, the community house attached to the Dwell duplex.

DOOR Los Angeles asks young adults to live simply, intentionally, and to work towards racial reconciliation in the country's second largest urban environment. Here, the storytelling capital of the world, Dwellers will explore the damaging dominant narratives that movies, television, and advertisements perpetuate, especially in the negative portrayals of minorities and how mindsets of racism and classism converge to perpetuate mass incarceration, homelessness, and trafficking.

Typical Placements

  • An agency that assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives, and provides a safe place to be creative and less vulnerable to the talons of traffickers.
  • An agency that works to build a dynamic network of relationships with those experiencing homelessness, those who have been recently housed, service providers, public agencies, business leaders, and the broader community.
  • An agency that engages with the most vulnerable of the chronic homeless through street outreach, and then connects clients to a family of agencies working together to end homelessness.
  • A church program that provides compassionate and empowering services for marginalized friends while also tending to spiritual needs.
  • An agency that secures permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals and provides supportive services thereafter to assure their housing is sustained.

​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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