The Common Good

Learning To Be a Leader From My Mom

Date: May 8, 2012

Through her encouragement and guidance, I volunteered at Sojourners Neighborhood Center, tutoring youth in an after-school program. I also accompanied refugees from El Salvador returning to their homeland from Honduras, traveling to El Salvador three times in one year. Ultimately, I joined the Brethren Volunteer Service and spent over a year in San Antonio, Texas, working at a shelter for homeless women with children. It was during this time of service when I met fellow volunteer and future wife, Serra Sippel, also a native Washingtonian.