Committing to a year of service is a big decision and talking to your friends and family about it may be met with a broad range of reactions. Loved ones may be very supportive or have referred the program to you. Alternatively, loved ones may be less supportive or not supportive at all. Including friends and family –whatever their level of support – along your path to JVC can help both in your personal journey and the journey you share with others.
Feel free to talk and pray with your family about JVC and encourage them to visit the website, especially the Family & Friends page. Also discuss any upcoming family events that would affect your commitment with JVC (e.g. family member’s wedding, pregnancy, illness), and how it can be approached in a way where members are mutually supportive of each other. Friends and family members are welcome to lend their support to a JV community close to them, and visit their loved ones once they have a chance to settle in.
Helping loved ones to learn about the program and walk with you through your decision making process can help. You can encourage them to look at the website. Your year or two at JVC will be one of significant personal and spiritual growth. Try to be open and let others grow with you through this amazing time. Ask for their support and prayers for you as you continue on your path of discernment and formation. Let them know that while JVC will mean moving to a new place, there are many ways to stay in touch during the year, and opportunities to visit once you and your community get settled in. The section “Family and Friends” has some talking points that you may want to bring up with your friends or family as you prepare for your time with JVC.