Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is presenting its 2013 Partners in Service Award to its network of healing communities during the 2013 Annual Conference. The award typically recognizes an individual, project, or congregation that has demonstrated exceptional commitment in partnering with BVS to share God’s love through acts of service.
BVS currently has project partnerships with three healing communities: CooperRiis in Mill Spring, North Carolina; Gould Farm in Monterey, Massachusetts; and Hopewell in Mesopotamia, Ohio. These organizations are recovery-based, therapeutic communities for adults living with mental illness or emotional distress. They provide compassionate, respectful environments and aid the residents in moving toward more independent living situations through participation in meaningful work, recreation, and community life.
Gould Farm, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013, stands as the longest-running BVS project site, with more than 100 volunteers serving there since the 1960s.
Virgil Stucker, executive director of CooperRiis, will accept the award on behalf of the three communities at the BVS Luncheon on July 1, during at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C.
— Kendra Johnson serves as a Brethren Volunteer Service worker in the BVS office.