Discovery House is a residential program for individuals, ages 18-20, who hope to discern their future through service. Sometimes called a Gap Year, an essential part of this experience is living in community. Simple accommodations would be provided for up to eight co-ed residents. The community will provide support and challenge participants to share, accept others, be open, compromise, resolve conflict, forgive and love. Housing includes: room, board and a modest monthly stipend. Eligible participants who complete their ten-month commitment may be eligible for an educational scholarship.
Residents of Discovery House make a ten-month commitment of providing 32 hours of direct service per week to a non-profit organization. While each service site would provide a unique experience, they all will focus on direct contact with people. Prospective candidates would need to apply and go through a formal selection process. Learn more about participant expectations. During this process they will indicate which service site (or job) for which they are applying. General areas of service could be program, administration, development, marketing and communication.
A formation day will be held each week. Formation days will include spiritual, human, intellectual, and pastoral areas. Emphasis would be placed on assisting participants to determine their gifts, life-goals and create a plan to achieve their hopes and dreams as a servant leader. Each participant will conclude their ten-month commitment with a plan for what is next in their life. Activities, reflection, dialogue and mentor or spiritual director meetings are a part of each formation day.
Growing in one’s understanding of self, discerning their gifts and finding God is the essence of the 12plus1 experience. Opportunities to reflect on your experience will occur through:
- Regularly scheduled community prayer,
- Weekly formation days,
- Monthly spiritual direction,
- Group discussion about faith/spirituality and
- Quiet and personal reflection