Bianca Martinez, hales from “deep in the heart of Texas”—San Antonio. During her undergraduate work at St. Mary’s University, she earned a BA in Theology and English. During her year of service, she will be ministering at the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s (FCCSP) in Wilmington, Delaware. “I was very excited to begin my journey at St. Paul’s counseling center. I love that they are a nonprofit, fully bilingual counseling service with people who truly care for their clients.” she said. “I’m energized to be a community outreach coordinator, focused on social media and networking throughout Delaware to promote FCCSP.”

Bianca looks forward to a year of intentional community living with a focus on a holistic and healthy life style. During her down time, she enjoys thrift shopping, crocheting, vacuuming in the middle of the night, reading, exploring, binge-watching Netflix, collecting earrings, and dreaming about pizza and social justice!

Bianca’s favorite quote: “Positive vibes change lives.” –Bianca Martinez

Laura Anderson comes to us from Olean, New York. During her undergraduate work at Canisius College in Buffalo, she earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. During her year of service, she will be ministering at Red Hill Farm. Laura believes this site is a great fit for her because it allows her to be connected with nature all day as she helps new life grow.

“I’m looking forward to growing in community with Rachel and Bianca—the two amazing women I have the privilege of living with this year,” Laura said. “I’m also excited to be surrounded by all these wonderful sisters and having the opportunity to grow in my faith.” During her down time Laura likes to read and play piano. Her favorite quote: “Love is the greatest power in the universe. It is the basis and the source of everything” -Ernest Holmes

Rachel Dunlap is returning for her second year as a Franciscan volunteer from her hometown of Keokuk, Iowa. During her undergraduate work at St. Ambrose University, she received a BA in Psychology and Theology. Rachel will be continuing her ministry at Aquinas Center in South Philadelphia. “I chose Aquinas Center because I was looking for a site where I could work closely with people and also work on systemic change,” Rachel said. “Since I’ve been here, the radical hospitality and love I’ve been given has been beyond anything I could ever ask for. It has been a blessing to receive it and to be able to reciprocate it.”

Rachel is looking forward to continuing to build relationships with the sisters, coworkers and community at Aquinas and forming new relationships with her community members. She believes “relationships are life.”

During her down time Rachel appreciates the time to journal and write and enjoys being in nature, exploring Philly, trying new foods, reading, playing a pick-up game of basketball, spending time with the sisters, and her new favorite pastime—watching The Office.

Rachel’s favorite quote: “The meaning of life is the mystery of love. At the end of the day, that’s all there is: love.” -Mysterium Amoris, Margaret Rizza