What exactly IS the Amate House?

You may have noticed that I link to the Amate House website a lot, but just in case you haven’t clicked that link and still wanted to know about the Amate House, I thought I’d share about where I am this year 🙂

The basic gist: I live in community with 8 other volunteers. We go to work for approximately 40hrs/ week at our different site placements. We come home and share cooking and meals together. We take care of the house and we have lots of fun together! But it’s so much more than that.

There a lot of reasons I chose Amate House for a year of volunteer service, including:

  1. it was alphabetically at the beginning of the volunteer book. Time was limited (silly DigiCom class!) and thus, I couldn’t look up all the progams I wanted. Amate had a leg up with their “A” name. You think i’m joking, but I’m not!
  2. Also, it has the most informative and engaging website.  Big ups.
  3. I wanted to try a big city and Chicago sounded new, fun, and exciting. Also not kidding, I knew nothing about Chicago or really the midwest before coming. It’s made life more exciting 😉
  4. It had everything I was looking for in this year.  I wanted to learn, grow, give, and share. Amate provided that space.

The tenets of the program are: SERVICE, COMMUNITY, FAITH (FORMATION), SOCIAL JUSTICE, and STEWARDSHIP.

Service: The Amate House is not just concerned with connecting those who want to volunteer and are privileged enough to do so with the organizations that need volunteers, but it is concerned with forming us volunteers into young adult Christians who can lead the Church and our society with humility and love.  When we speak of service, we’re talking about about giving our lives for the benefit of all God’s people, in our own unique capacities.

Community: We talk about this so much that screaming “Community!” after just about anything is already a joke in our house. But community is the backbone of this program because it is the backbone of Catholic Social Teaching. We are created as social beings in the image of our Triune God, the ultimate example of community.  As we learn to live in community, we learn to become more fully human.

Faith/Faith Formation: This program is motivated by the belief that our faith in God’s love is what sustains us and challenges us, calling us to action, to community, to love. And the formative aspect of the Amate House program, is the unique aspect I found. Here at Amate, there is much intentional focus on transforming us, the young adult volunteers, into aware, compassionate, and loving people who can lead the church and the professional world into making the Kingdom of God more present here and now.

Social Justice: Direct attention to people’s immediate needs is necessary but not enough. Formation of young people is necessary but not sufficient as well.  Attention must be given to the way society is organized and the systemic injustices that we take part in.  Education, awareness, and advocacy are also necessary elements in the continual transformation of our society into a more just and loving place.

Stewardship: The recognition of everything as gift from God. What we do with our gifts shows our respect for the gift-giver.  So we seek to honor God, and all those who support the Amate House, by being wise stewards of our time, money, talent, relationships, and life experiences.

For some more details on how this all is lived out, feel free to check out our volunteer handbook.

And feel free to ask questions! I’m in love with Amate already 🙂

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3 thoughts on “What exactly IS the Amate House?

  1. This seems awesome and I’m totally jealous. I love how honest you are in your reasoning for choosing this site (but I hope that’s not what you told them in the interview!) Cliche question, but what’s the best and worst parts of it so far?

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