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                 What I Do at Arlington–Alexandria
Coalition for the Homeless (AACH)

    By Carol Mournighan

 Today, my day started at 10:30 am.  I am here with another Ignatian Volunteer, Mary Campbell, and for the most part, we have different roles with the clients.  This morning I pick up a client and her son to take them to Infinite Technologies so her son could be measured for a cap to correct plagiocephaly (misshapen head).  After we came back I meet with two new clients, both single and pregnant. We talk about their needs and what makes a good pre-natal diet.

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Working with Ularam

by Mary Campbell

The young man, Ularam, is 23; and recently here from Nigeria.  He has a wife and baby boy.  Everything is so new to them—the language, customs, food, everything.
The Arlington/Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH) is currently providing them with a place to live at Sullivan House.  There, either Carol Mournighan or myself, meets one-on-one or with small groups of residents once each week to work on basic computer skills, as well as to search and apply online for jobs.

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Serving Seniors

by Tom Hogan

Tom assists his seniors with their Word Game

“Tom,” many people ask, “what do you do at those assisted living places where you volunteer?” A few IVC volunteers ask me: “How does what you do there qualify as service to the poor?” I have been volunteering for the past three and a half years at two assisted living residences established by Victory Housing under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Washington. One day a week I’m at Byron House on the campus of Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, MD, and one day at Bartholomew House on the campus of St. Bartholomew’s Parish in Bethesda, MD.

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