Service sites

Professional experience as a SJW is a transformative part of the program. Each SJW is matched to serve in an area of a nonprofit organization that is related to the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. Current service opportunities are described below. Service site options are not limited to listed sites and are subject to change. For additional information, follow the links.

Service Site for 2021-22

Direct Service

New Hour

New Hour for Women and Children LI, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting justice-impacted women and to empowering parents, children, and families in our community. New Hour offers a series of educational workshops in all three Long Island jails as well as wrap-around support services for women returning home to the community upon their release.

Volunteers will engage with vulnerable populations and make lifelong connections with women impacted by incarceration. Volunteers will have the opportunity to forge connections with members of the community often overlooked, including children who have tremendous potential and seek support due to the impact of having an incarcerated parent. Due to the current pandemic, visiting and in-person jail programming is closed temporarily. If jail programming resumes, some volunteers will be trained to attend workshops in the local jails with our staff.

In addition to direct relationships with women and families, New Hour provides hands-on experience at the macro level; speaking directly with lawmakers, rallying and legislative advocacy throughout Long Island and in Albany throughout the year, the opportunity to attend monthly criminal justice reform meetings as a representative of New Hour, plan and attend events and fundraisers is required. While working with individuals and their families is paramount for New Hour, addressing state policies, procedures, and legislation that directly impact the women we serve is critical. Due to the advocacy work New Hour coordinates on a statewide scale with fellow organizations and coalitions, opportunities include networking, creating and fostering relationships with multiple nonprofits, for-profits, lawmakers, county officials, survivors and more.

Garden Ministry

The St Joseph Worker Volunteer will work to create and maintain a space where all life is reverenced, the whole community of life can flourish, relationships are nurtured and all people are welcome.  This includes daily care of domestic animals and gardens, upkeep of the barn, and outreach, development and implementation of programs for the wider community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Provide routine daily care for the domestic animals – goats, chickens and rabbits; Assist with maintaining animal habitats; Tend the perennial and vegetable gardens by weeding, watering, harvesting, planting, etc.; Help with the upkeep and cleaning of the barn; Participate and assist in garden programs and events; Reach out to community organizations to offer programs; Schedule, develop and implement those programs virtually and/or in person

Community Outreach and Advocacy

Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Office

Faith-Based Structural Justice OrganizerThe Sisters of St. Joseph, Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is looking for a frontline community member who has had some previous experience with activism and organizing. The organizer will choose their main area of activism and collaborate on other areas. Non-violent direct action may be discerned. The chosen area of focus must be in line with the Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Catholic Social Teaching, such as immigration, climate justice, food justice, police accountability, racism, women’s empowerment, economic inequality, etc. 

Duties and Responsibilities: Regular meetings with JPIC Coordinator; Maintain online calendar of work events and meetings; Collaborate on goals; Communicate justice issues in writing or through educational presentations; Assist with Brentwood Day of Service; Assist with 5 day JPIC National Event in the fall; Serve as a resource person for the Sisters of St. Joseph

Preferred: Frontline community member (Someone who is part of an identified group living at the front lines of injustice), Identified personal spirituality or religious faith; Bachelor’s Degree; Minimum of 1 year experience as a student activist or organizer; Ability to work independently; Communication and Relational skills; Proficient use of basic technology and social media; Ability to navigate NYC public transportation system.

Legislative Assistant – The Sisters of St. Joseph, Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is looking for an assistant to work with our legislative agenda primarily in tandem at the national level with Network Lobby and at the state level with the NY Council of Churches and NY Renews which is environmental advocacy group. The position is designed to provide the SJW with an intensive experiential learning experience of the aspects of political ministry within the realm of non-profit, faith-based advocacy as well as provide assistance to the JPIC Office and its legislative agenda. The legislative focus is in line with the Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Catholic Social Teaching, such as immigration, climate justice, food justice, police accountability, racism, women’s empowerment, economic inequality, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities: Regular meetings with JPIC Coordinator; Maintain online calendar of work events and meetings; Collaborate on goals; Communicate justice issues in writing or through educational presentations; Make appointments for visits to Capitol Hill or Albany, prepare materials for such visits, and record key information; Participate in Hill visits, briefings, hearings, press conferences, and public actions when relevant; Assist in writing and sending letters/email to policymakers and staff and ensure that all letters sent by the Sisters of St. Joseph to Capitol Hill or Albany are saved in files; Serve as a resource person for the Sisters of St. Joseph; Assist with maintaining the WordPress blog and social media; Assist in the JPIC Office as needed

Requirements: Identified personal spirituality or religious faith; Bachelor’s Degree; Ability to work independently; Writing skills; Communication and Relational skills; Proficient use of basic technology and social media; Ability to navigate public transportation in NYC, Albany and DC

 

U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph Justice Office

Justice and Outreach Coordinator – The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is a dynamic union of all the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the United States who claim a common origin in the foundation at Le Puy, France in 1650. This includes 3740 sisters, 2609 associates, and 34 agrégées, the St. Joseph Worker community, and countless partners in mission from 16 Congregations throughout the United States. The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph embraces the Gospel Charism of unifying love without distinction for the healing and transformation of the world.

The Federation is responsible for a unified response to the needs of the world and the needs of our congregations. We help coordinate prayer, contemplation, and discernment that lead to courageous action. We provide support and resources to our congregations and their members. We are a small, collaborative, all-hands-on deck office.

Responsibilities include: Build and coordinate the Federation’s new justice office. In conjunction with the U.S. Federation’s Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) group, create and develop priority justice actions for the Federation to take point on.; Develop action items and social media campaigns for priority justice concerns.; Build relationships with other JPIC groups both within the Federation and outside the Sisters of St. Joseph. The coordinator would be responsible for represent the Federation – in conjunction with the assistant director – at meetings.; Assist with the Federation’s bold new drive to outreach to lay people under the Federation’s umbrella of members. This will include giving presentations about the Federation, helping develop new resources for our members, and launching a new alum network for the St. Joseph Worker community.; Assist with communications, including social media channels, the monthly e-newsletter, and other communications as needed.; May include some travel.

Preferred: The ideal candidate would be comfortable working independently and asking questions. Familiarity and comfort with Zoom and/or other videoconferencing services is a must, as is a comfort with social media. This position will require working with a diverse set of individuals including age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic status. A willingness to listen and learn from these groups is a must. The ideal candidate would have great communication and relational skills. Creativity is appreciated and welcomed. A strong desire for justice and activism is crucial.

Education

Sisters of St Joseph

Campus Ministry Outreach Assistant – This position includes working alongside the Director of Young Adult Ministry and Vocational Discernment to raise awareness of the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph among youth and young adults in their sponsored CSJ high schools and college, as well as the youth and young adults in the Brooklyn and Rockville Centre Dioceses.

The St Joseph Worker will be responsible for creating promotional materials for events for youth, including: retreats, days of reflection, service weeks, National Catholic Sisters Week and many additional events throughout the year for high school and college students. The St Joseph Worker will attend and assist at these events.

The St Joseph Worker must be creative, self- motivated, get along well with others, and exhibit a willingness to work on a team planning and executing new initiatives to support the vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph in word and action.

Responsibilities include: Write and edit articles for CSJ Focusing, All is One and Mission Moments as well as local Catholic and secular media outlets; Blogging to keep others engaged on what is happening in Young Adult Ministry and Vocations; Attend NRVC meetings/training in Chicago and New York Member Area meetings twice a year; Photography at events; Maintain contact through text and email with thousands of youth and young adults; Update Social Media including FB, Instagram, Twitter; Event planning, organizing, and executing

Health Care

Stella Maris Convent

Stella Maris Convent located in Far Rockaway, provides the opportunity to serve the needs of sisters who have served in various ministries for many years.