Emma Fabian is originally from the "great" city of
Buffalo, N.Y. and she received her bachelor’s degree from . She was highly involved in co-curricular and academic activities. Now, she lives and works in Canisius College As a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (www.jesuitvolunteers.org/), she serves as a Program Assistant at an organization called Witness to Innocence. They are the nation’s only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones. Through this work, she has met some of the most inspiring individuals in the world. For more about Witness to Innocence, check out their website at www.witnesstoinnocence.org. Philadelphia, Pa.
Emma says she was driven to pursue a year of full-time service work after college because she wanted to dedicate her skills and abilities to a meaningful cause while also having time to examine her own identity.
Her favorite part of the experience so far has been getting to know her community members, the people of
and the members of Witness to Innocence. Emma considers herself lucky to be a part of JVC in Philadelphia because she has had the chance to interact with so many different people every day. Philadelphia
To get to work, I walk to a subway station near our house and take two different trains out to West Philadelphia. The 52nd St. Station where my trip ends is very busy on weekday mornings.
Fortunately for me, the West Philadelphia YMCA is located between the 52nd street station and our office. The facilities here are great and the people are even better.
I try to stop for coffee once in a while at the local Skyline Diner across from the YMCA. A hot cup of coffee is only 85 cents and the folks here will chat about the pace of business, the neighborhood or anything else related to Philadelphia.
This is the church that currently houses our organization. We have an office in the basement where I work with one, two or three coworkers, depending on the day.
I am on the phone and sending email constantly when I am in the office. We are a national organization and our members are spread across the country, so keeping up with everyone is crucial.