AVs live in community, grow in faith during year of service
By ZACHARY WOZNAK ’12
Eye Staff Reporter
Each year, dedicated twenty-somethings return to their famed alma mater to spend the next nine months giving back to the Ignatius community and the surrounding neighborhood. This year is no exception as Aaron Mekker ’06, Joe Sheehan ’04, and Rob Zdankiewicz ’06 join our school through the Alumni Discernment and Volunteer Program (ADVP).
The program was established by Father Robert Welsh S. J. in 1995. Although much of the ADVP revolves around service, it also provides its participants with the opportunity for self-reflection in anticipation of future careers. Fifteen years and numerous volunteers later, the program has become a familiar addition to life at Saint Ignatius.
The alumni live in the century old Rutilio Grande House on Carroll Avenue. Each volunteer has his own room in addition to a living room, kitchen, and dining room. \”It has a certain charm that adds to the AVDP for the alumni volunteers,”