Growing Strong: Colorado Episcopal Service Corps

By The Reverend Canon Rebecca Crummey

Colorado Episcopal Service Corps is part of the Episcopal Service Corps, a young-adult service organization powered by a vision to be “faithful, diverse, caring communities of young adults, transforming the world, and ourselves, by striving for justice and peace among all people.” Our corps members live in intentional Christian community, serving others, promoting justice, and engaging in practices that deepen their spiritual awareness and discernment for vocation.

Although we are one program, we have two houses — Saint Columba House and Centennial House. Each has a distinct identity. Saint Columba House, located in downtown Denver, is very much an urban program, while Centennial House is in Steamboat Springs, the storied mountain town and ranching community in northwest Colorado. Both houses engage their young adults in spiritual formation and a Rule of Life, while offering opportunities for service and reflection.

Colorado ESC enters the 2016–2017 program year strong. With a new website and greater social media engagement, its reach has grown. While other year-long faith-based service programs are struggling with recruitment and low enrollment, the Colorado ESC program is full with five interns in each house — a significant accomplishment. Each corps member serves full-time as a volunteer in a community organization that provides much needed services to the marginalized of their community. We have added three new agency partners this year: Lutheran Family Services, Northern Colorado Center for Independence, and Tread of Pioneers.

We are pleased to introduce the new class:

Saint Columba House, Denver
Mariana Diaz: Urban Peak
Veronica Farrell: Metro Caring
Rebecca Hannigan: Lutheran Family Services
George Monroe: Saint Francis Center
Esther Ou: Work Options for Women

Centennial House, Steamboat Springs
Evan Brock: Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs
John Christian Evans: Yampatika
Lizzy Markman: 9th Street Co-op
Collette Newcombe: Northwest Colorado Center for Independence
Sara Sweeney: Tread of Pioneers Museum

Learn more about Colorado Episcopal Service Corps at coloradoesc.org.