We are so excited to introduce our 2020-21 Sycamore House crew! They have been settling in for almost a month now; we made it through Orientation with a combination of virtual and socially distanced sessions, and they are exploring their new home of Harrisburg. Here is a little more about each of our 4 residents:
My name is Kelsey Reyes and I am thrilled to be a member of the 2020-2021 Episcopal Service Corps Program and at the opportunity to live in the Sycamore House. I am from York County PA and have spent most of my life in Central Pennsylvania. I am a 2020 graduate of Virginia Tech, with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a concentration in global development. During my time, I had the opportunity to attend a six month study abroad program at the University of Kent in England and a three-week Spanish immersion study abroad in Costa Rica. In the future, I hope to work in the field of politics and international affairs. In this year of service, I have the opportunity to work with the Pennsylvania Council of Church and focus on political advocacy. I am very excited about this time to grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.
Hello! My name is Chloe Oustrich and I am excited to be serving with the Episcopal Service Corps this year. I grew up in the suburbs of Philly and attended Messiah College (now Messiah University). I graduated in the spring of 2020 with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Adventure Education. I began attending Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren during my time at Messiah, and I regularly volunteered with their outreach program, bcmPEACE. I have visited a number of different denominations over the years but am eager to learn more about the Episcopal tradition now. I also have extensive experience with serving as a camp counselor and after-school mentor/tutor, so when I began my interviews for ESC, I felt particularly drawn to the placement at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. Now, I am serving as a Social and Emotional Learning and Environmental Education teacher at the school and am looking forward to building meaningful relationships with the students!
Hello! My name is Emily Farwell and I am a current resident in the Sycamore House! I am not a part of the Service Corps, but am a member of the home for the next year! I moved to Harrisburg from Grand Rapids, MI this past summer and am looking forward to exploring more of the area and all that Pennsylvania has to offer! I graduated from Hope College in 2019 where I studied Sociology and Spanish. I spent the past year working for a foster care agency in Grand Rapids serving the immigrant and refugee population there. I am now pursuing my master’s degree in Higher Education with a focus in Athletic Leadership at Messiah University. I will also be working part time with the Women’s Volleyball team at Messiah and learning more about intercollegiate athletics through coaching. I am very thankful for the Sycamore House and the community that St. Stephens has to offer and am looking forward to continuing to grow in faith and community throughout this next year!
My name is Kyle Peters, and I am a member of the Episcopal Service Corps at Sycamore House (2020-2021). I was born in and lived exclusively in California until this year of service; this will be my first year living out-of-state. I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. I am Catholic and have begun going to Saint Patrick’s. However, I have had some exposure to various faiths, including the Episcopal Church when I lived for one year in The Belfry, an Episcopal-Lutheran intentional community and home of LEVN volunteers in Davis, California. My hope for this year of service is to serve a good cause while I come to a decision about what my career path will be. I believe that this year at Sycamore House will be a good way to do both simultaneously as I volunteer at CONTACT Helpline and help the local community. My personal interests include drawing, painting, reading, staying fit/active, watching movies, playing video games, and learning new things.