Chelsea Tanous recently joined our staff and volunteer community as program associate, jumping in to help with missioner formation and work on the Short-Term Mission and Global Awareness Trips.

No stranger to service, Chelsea just finished a volunteer year in Connecticut with the Chi Rho Catholic Service Corps.  She served as a case worker at homeless shelter and as an assistant counselor at a residential program that helps adult with mental illnesses with their everyday need sand personal development.

Before Chi Rho, she was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity at the University of New Hampshire while working on her bachelor’s in social work.

But what brings Chelsea to FMS?  “I gained a love of all that it takes to run a non-profit organization from studying social work on the macro level. I thought a volunteering with FMS would be a great way to serve my global community and see something I’ve studied first hand.”

Chelsea is also looking forward to embracing all that Washington, D.C. has to offer.

We asked Chelsea to share a little bit more about herself:

Hometown: Peaks Island, Maine

Why Service is Important to You: “I feel called to serve because I grew up in a family that taught me there is no greater way to show God how much you love Him than to serve with your fellow persons, and there is nothing that brings me greater joy than to assist others in living out the life God gave them.”

Favorite Saint: “My patron saint is Saint Maria Goretti. She was an amazing young woman. If I could have just a portion of the devotion she had to God, I would be truly blessed.”

Fun Fact: “I have a few black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan.”