Who are the Redeemer Ministry Corps Volunteers?
Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteers are women and men who seek to bring a caring, comforting and healing presence to vulnerable populations, while living in a supportive, intentional community and enriching their faith lives.
What is the size of the RMC program?
Redeemer Ministry Corps welcomes up to 5 volunteers per year. The small size of the program allows for a family atmosphere and provides the volunteers with individualized attention. Volunteers live together in a house just outside of Philadelphia and serve in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
What is a typical day like for an RMC Volunteer?
RMC volunteers head to their ministries in the morning, usually between 7 am and 8 am. Volunteers typically carpool to their ministries as a means of living simply. Most volunteers serve a typical 8 hour day, although some positions require the occasional evening commitment. After ministry, volunteers will work out or relax until dinner time. On community nights, volunteers will gather for dinner and prayer, which they take turns preparing. One night a week, several of the Sisters of the Redeemer join the volunteers for community night. On nights that aren’t scheduled community nights, the volunteers usually spend informal time together, and weekends are often spent exploring the city, attending local events and just having fun!
Where do volunteers serve? How are placements decided?
Volunteers serve in ministries sponsored by or connected to the Sisters of the Redeemer. This includes healthcare, social work/social services, and environmental care. For a more detailed list, visit our Ministries Page. During the application process, volunteers are asked to provide their top 3 choices for ministries. Once a volunteer is accepted, the RMC Director mutually discerns the appropriate placement(s) with the volunteer.
How long is the commitment? When does the volunteer year begin and end?
The Redeemer Ministry Corps program requires a one-year commitment. The volunteer year runs from late August to late July. There is also the option to participate in the Redeemer Ministry Corps program for 3-6 months beginning in August or January.
What are the benefits of the RMC program?
RMC volunteers receive a monthly stipend of $100. The RMC program covers room and board. Vehicles are provided for transportation to your work site and for community use. Medical insurance coverage is available, and volunteers are responsible for medical co-pays. Volunteers receive 10 days off (working days) in addition to traditional holidays. Volunteers also enjoy free access to the Holy Redeemer Fitness Center!
What about my student loans?
The RMC office will assist the volunteer in contacting lenders to receive loan deferment.
How does the RMC program support me on my faith journey?
Redeemer Ministry Corps offers volunteers 2 spiritual weekend retreats during the year, along with an orientation and debriefing program. Spiritual direction is also available to volunteers if desired. The RMC community supports one another in their faith journey and gathers for prayer and reflection on community nights. The Sisters of the Redeemer also offer their prayer and support to the volunteers.
How do I apply?
The first step of the application process is to complete the preliminary application. A completed application consists of the online application form and three reference forms. We also ask volunteers to submit a copy of their resume and a copy of their school transcripts (when applicable). The deadline for submitting the application form is June 5th, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once the application is received, we will conduct two phone or in-person interviews, each lasting about 1 hour. You will be notified of a decision within 3 weeks.