Who are Asher residents?
Asher residents are practicing Christian Scientists who want to live in an environment that supports their spiritual growth. All residents are current students or student interns enrolled in accredited graduate, undergraduate, degree, or certificate programs, Christian Science Nurses training or Christian Science class instruction.
This year, ASF is piloting a new residential opportunity called the School-to-Career Transition Initiative (CTI) at Asher House, Washington, DC which has now expanded to all Asher Houses. Recent college/university graduates who are working out their post-graduate life and career paths are eligible to be Asher residents. Please click here for more information.
Periodically, we’ll be featuring a resident who lives in an Asher House, Asher alumni, or LAC members. Check back here often to meet them!
This month we interviewed Donna Huston, a member of the Local Advisory Council at Asher House, Tallahassee!
Why do students want to live at Asher?
Below are just a few reasons…
1) Academic and spiritual growth
Who wouldn’t rather live in a beautiful home than a college dorm? It’s comfortable, relaxing, and great for studying. At the same time, you have automatic friends who think the way you do, support you when you need it, and just generally keep you going. On top of all that, it’s a whole lot of fun!
“Asher House is truly a home away from home. Not only is it spacious and comfortable, but it offers constant prayerful support through stressful school obstacles, relationship issues and social life problems that all college students face.” -Asher House, East Lansing
2) House dinners
Residents really enjoy house dinners, commonly held on Sunday nights. Everyone pitches in to cook and clean up. Guests are often invited and always welcome. These weekly family-style meals are a 70-year old Asher tradition.
“One of my favorite aspects of living in Asher is our Sunday dinners. Most recently we had Marshall Ingwerson, the editor of The Christian Science Monitor, join us. I really enjoyed connecting with him in a place where I felt comfortable being myself. Living at Asher Boston has allowed me the opportunity to connect with tons of Christian Scientists who I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.” -Asher House, Boston
3) Great amenities
Our residents’ favorite amenities include clean and free(!) laundry facilities, reliable, fast WiFi, and kitchens where they can cook their own meals.
“I spent my summer at Asher House, Boston and it was the best housing arrangement I could have asked for. Two blocks from church and the T stop, air conditioning, clean kitchens, washers and dryers, TVs, Christian Science literature. Living at Asher was a joy, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity.” -Asher House, Boston
4) Friends and family
Residents also love the sense of camaraderie they have with their housemates and the immediate family they gain as soon as they move in.
“At Asher, there is always someone to talk to, whether I have a problem or just feel like hanging out. We have a lot of fun, whether we are going to the movies or eating out or just laughing together. I love the friends that I have made here.” -Asher House, Austin
5) Community connections and service
There are many wonderful opportunities for Asher residents to be involved in their local communities, whether it be participating in community clean-up days or preparing and delivering food to a local shelter.
“One of the main focuses of an Asher House Manager is to pray for the house and the community, so it was natural for me to pray when I heard unceasing sirens from the house. After we discovered what happened (the Boston Marathon bombing), there was a deep desire to reach out to our community. The city was on lockdown so we continued to pray and stay where we were. After they opened the city there was an outpouring of love in every way imaginable, but there was also a sense of shock, sadness, anger, and frustration.As I prayed to specifically handle these claims the messages on the shirt came to me. I realized that I could share these messages by doing what so many Bostonians love to do, RUN! Our Boston Asher House had been doing what we called “Friday Night Family Fun Runs” with anyone from the house and their friends. After my first run with my healing shirt, (pictured above), the night after the marathon bombings, I realized that the whole house may want to share in this joy. We all made shirts with inspiring quotes about forgiveness, love, and eternal life, and ran the city, hitting many, if not all, of the memorials around town for the bombing victims. Newspaper reporters, mourners, runners, and a multitude of others stopped us and thanked us for the messages we shared and told us it was just what they needed. Some of the student residents of Asher Boston left their “quote shirts” at different memorials for all to see. It was beautiful.
We continued this practice for a few weeks on our Friday runs as a token of love, respect, and support for our city. Boston truly is STRONG!!!”
-Former House Manager at Asher House, Boston