Community is an essential element of the Cap Corps Volunteer experience. An environment is created where individuals can grow personally, communally, spiritually and ministerally through communal prayer, meals and support.
Cap Corps Volunteers learn how to respect and encourage one another in community. Learning how to communicate with others in community is a skill that can be used beyond the Cap Corps Volunteer in both jobs and relationships.
Each week, Cap Corps Volunteers share at least three community meals, three community prayer times, and a special celebration of the Eucharist. Cap Corps Volunteers are also offered the opportunity to participate in spiritual direction.
Cap Corps Volunteers are asked to live simply during their year of service. Cap Corps Volunteers live on a small stipend. The food stipend that is given is to be used to buy food that is for the use of the entire community. Simple living allows CCVs to concentrate on personal relationships with people instead of focusing on money.
The volunteers’ home (a.k.a. “The Red House”) is comfortably furnished and has 6 individual bedrooms and two guest rooms as well as plenty of community space to share.
The CYFM community is much larger than the Red House. Cap Corps Volunteers are welcomed by the larger community of CYFM involved families in the area and by the Capuchin Franciscan friars who make the area feel like home.
Our volunteers live in Beacon, NY, in the beautiful Hudson Valley on the majestic Hudson River. Quiet parks, beautiful scenery, and popular hiking trails are all around… and New York City is just a train ride away.
"The content of our message will be heard only when it is lived in our relationships and community life..." - from the Bishops’ letter Renewing the Vision