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2021-2022 DCSC Year in Review


Editor’s Note: DC Service Corps volunteer Grace Kueber serves as a Protection Counselor at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She shares a video and reflection as the 2021-2022 DC Service Corps program year draws to an end. 


A year ago I had a completely different path in mind. I was a completely different person. I sought validation from those who insisted they knew me. I wanted to fit this definition of success, not tailored for me but for those I didn’t want to be like. And suddenly, there was this opportunity to move to Washington, D.C. for a year to live with people I didn’t know. Yet, I said yes. Arriving in DC, I decided to change my mindset. This was my year to understand myself and God, to become compassionate and open, to try new things, and push myself. It wasn’t easy. I found myself struggling with homesickness, imposter syndrome, work boundaries, and even secondary trauma from the difficult stories I encounter at the UNCHR. But as my year draws to an end, I am so happy that I decided to say yes, especially my yes to community. I have found joy in witnessing God in those around me and having the privilege of being a part of people’s lives like this. To Julia, Mari, Sister Meg, and Victor – who served as my role models for life, faith, and kindness. To Fatima- who was my greatest defense against battling homesickness. To Erin- who filled us with delicious food and iconic pop culture references. To Anna, Chris, Emily, Joanie, Lauren, and Tori- who became my support and inspired me to look at the world with eyes of wonder and beauty. I loved being a part of this adventure with you. And I wish you all the very best!

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Grace Kueber is a recent business administration undergraduate from Alma College and is originally from Northville, Michigan. Grace is excited to join the DC Service Corps as a UNHCR volunteer and gain an understanding of what it means to be a pillar of support for refugees and their families. She is grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by kind and virtuous people as she continues growing in her own spirituality and faith life. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories, doing puzzles, and learning new hobbies.