The Orientation Program is the next step after the Come and See weekend. Once someone has discerned that he or she is called and ready to volunteer with Heart’s Home, he or she is scheduled for a two-week orientation program, together with any other future volunteer. During this time, they have the opportunity to explore more in depth the Charism of Compassion and to learn about the demands and beauty of missionary life.
This happens through daily talks, workshops and activities led by different Heart’s Home members, as well as through prayer, ministry and the reading of inspiring literature by spiritual authors or theologians who have inspired Heart’s Home’s charism and mission.
This two-week orientation program is a much appreciated transition for the volunteers from their college or working life into mission life. Volunteers in formation stay at the Heart’s Home in Brooklyn and share in the daily life of prayer, visits in the neighborhood and community life. It is therefore a time to prepare for the mission, both spiritually and practically!
Volunteers in formation do not need any specific material, except for their personal belongings, a notebook, and a Bible. Towels and sheets as well as material and spiritual food (all written material) will be provided!
So... "do not be afraid! Christ takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return." (Benedict XVI, Inauguration mass)