Three new Norbertine Volunteers have joined the Norbertine Volunteer Community (NVC) for 2013-2014. Bryan “Henry” Njoroge, Katie Riesterer and Katie Stiel all hail from different parts of the nation and even the world, but these young adults have come together to live in community for a year of service and to grow in faith in Green Bay, WI.
Njoroge, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, in East Africa, has spent several years volunteering in a variety of locations across the globe, including Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Peru, his home country of Kenya and the United States. A desire for more volunteer work led him to the NVC. As a Norbertine Volunteer, Njoroge will be working in the chaplain’s office sponsored by Brown County Jail Ministries, Inc., which serves the Brown County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center. When asked why he chose to work in this particular field, he replied, “I wanted to help more youth after coming from a poor community back in Kenya.” Njoroge also hopes to learn more about the Norbertines during his time in Green Bay…as well as the Packers football team!
Stiel, of Franklin, TN, graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She learned about the NVC through the Catholic Volunteer Network’s directory. “I loved the Norbertine Volunteer Community’s variety of internships offered and values they behold,” said Stiel. As a Norbertine Volunteer, Stiel will be assisting with the American Foundation of Counseling Services Foster Care Program, for which she will serve as a mentor and supply life skill lessons to youth ages 10 to 18. “Providing [individuals] with the knowledge and education to take care of themselves will boost their confidence to overcome the many obstacles they may face in the future,” she said.
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