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The Mission of Heartland Alliance is “to advance the human rights and to respond to the human needs of endangered populations – particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced – through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society”.
Heartland Alliance, via its programs and advocacy efforts, provides and promotes services in the areas of housing, healthcare, economic security and legal protections. The Youth & Residential Services division is an integral part of this effort as it seeks to provide paths from harm to hope for at-risk youth.
This chaplaincy internship would offer options for spiritual care to our youth during a time of need and help contribute to a holistic approach that promotes strength based interactions with already resilient youth.
STUDENT PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
This chaplaincy would allow students the opportunity to work with youth from over a dozen countries at any given time.
STUDENT PLACEMENT EXPECTATIONS:
The Youth & Residential Services division is seeking to facilitate options for spiritual guidance to youth via a chaplaincy intern. A large segment of our programs are funded by the Office of Refugee and Resettlement. These programs provide unaccompanied youth, who are foreign born, with a variety of residential, education, clinical and other support services while they are reunified with their families. In addition, we also provide services to Chicago based youth thru our homeless shelter and our Juvenile Detention Alternative programs.
Our youth ascribe to a wide range of faith/religious traditions such as Sikh, Hindi, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian expressions. A sensitivity to religious diversity is required.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS:
The Youth & Residential Services division operates a variety of residential programs in Chicago which are all available via public transportation excepting a smaller suburban facility. These programs can be reached easily via red and blue line trains.
OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION:
Well! There’s a lot. But most of it would be best explored in an in-person conversation. We’d like to reiterate that we are happy to consider students from all backgrounds/faith affiliations, as well as those with diverse interests and motivations for pursuing the MDiv. More important is to find someone energized by in-person ministry and willing to try and fail as we mutually discern the best way forward for All Saints and create a rewarding internship year.