What’s your name? Hey! My name is Gwen. That’s me up there, with my pink-haired baby sister.
Where are you from? Elkton, MD! I went to school in Frostburg, MD.
What did you do before ESC? I went to school at Frostburg State University in the western panhandle of Maryland; I studied history and economics but mostly fell in love with hiking and Appalachian living. After that, I moved back to Elkton, where I worked as a librarian, tutor, and volunteer of all sorts.
What drew you to Episcopal Service Corps? I love to volunteer and commonly volunteered in social-justice-minded churches helping with things like soup kitchens and food pantries. I was feeling a little restless with library work and decided to explore social work as well as life in Baltimore, the only major area in Maryland that I hadn’t yet lived.
Where are you working? I worked at Earl’s Place, a non-profit transitional housing facility for men downtown, doing marketing and fundraising. Next week I’ll switch to case management at the House of Ruth, a domestic violence shelter in town.
Tell us a little bit about your hobbies and interests. In addition to being your resident Gilead House blogger, I’m Gilead House’s resident atheist; I love to cook & eat, knit & crochet, sew, and generally get crafty. Aside from that, I love to hike, travel, watch Star Trek, collect ’70s punk records and study history and economics; I’m also a big fat socialist.
What’s next? After Episcopal Service Corps I’ll be staying in Baltimore to teach Special Education through Teach for America. I hope eventually to attend graduate school for Economics. Until then I’ll be living here with some of the best people I’ve ever met, hiking, crafting, and painting each other’s nails.