QuadW board members and families meet the Dallas interns and internship director Don Woolley on site in east Dallas. Please see story below in the Advocate Magazine:
Jakaela Davis needed a change of pace. Four years ago the Alabama native and Tuskegee University student was looking for a new way to serve. As a Christian she had completed mission work before, but she wanted something a little more relationship driven and a little less labor intensive.
“I’m not good with shingles and stuff,” she says.
Davis found a group called QuadW Missional Internship and immediately signed up. They send college students to cities across the country to work for churches. They’ve worked in Mobile, Ala., Kansas City, Kan., Portland Ore., and Pine Bluffs, Ark. Today Davis is the site director for QuadW’s first Dallas based internship with college students from as far away as Michigan. The group is working at three East Dallas churches: Casa Emanu-El United Methodist Church, White Rock United Methodist Church and Owenwood United Methodist Church.
This summer Davis and nine interns will be working at the churches to help them reconnect with their communities. Davis’ job is to keep the interns on point and be the liaison between the churches and QuadW. Whether she’s working as site director or an intern, Davis has kept busy. Her first internship was in Mobile, Ala., where her grandmother lives.
“I thought I’ll be able to see her a lot,” Davis says about the internship. “That never happened. Except for once on the Fourth of July.
She also thought that working so close to home would be easy.
“I didn’t think there would be so much to do, but there was,” she says.
Don Woolley, the founder and national director of QuadW Missional Internship, says the interns are kept engaged by design. So far this summer they have set up a day camp at Casa Emanu-El, helped with vacation bible school at White Rock United Methodist Church and worked with Owenwood to see where they can better connect with the changing community around the church. The day camp at Casa Emanu-El usually has between 20 and 30 children attend every day. “It’s a lot,” Woolley says. “We want to put [the interns] in a place where they’re stretched and a little stressed, because that’s the maximum place of growing, learning and being transformed.”
The interns will complete their three-month internship next month.