ASF’s School-to-Career Transition Initiative (CTI)
Previously, Asher Student Foundation has served students of all ages who are active Christian Scientists and enrolled in accredited colleges, universities, certificate programs and Christian Science nursing schools. Student interns have also been eligible.
Going forward, ASF is expanding its services to include recent college/university graduates who are working out their post-graduate life and career path. In May, we successfully piloted the School-to-Career Transition Initiative (CTI) at Asher House, Washington DC. As of September 1st, the program has been expanded to include all Asher Houses.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE A CTI RESIDENT?
- Graduates and individuals who have completed or partially completed an accredited degree or certificate program are welcome to apply.
- Candidates must be willing to actively participate in the Asher House and local Christian Science community.
- Candidates must a) have a plan to be working, b) be actively searching for employment or c) be working with a career mentor.
WHAT ARE CTI RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS?
- CTI residents abide by the same house rules as any Asher resident.
- CTI residents may live at Asher for up to one year.
- CTI residents will have monthly check-ins with the House Manager to support the CTI resident and to determine ways to improve the program.
- CTI residents actively support ASF as participants in ASF activities and as ambassadors who share Asher with colleagues and friends.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Please complete an application and return it to the house to which you are applying.
Gratitude from a spring 2016 CTI resident at Asher House, Washington, DC:
“I’m writing to express gratitude for my stay in Asher DC this spring. It was an incredible provision for me as I transitioned from a graduate degree program in another city to a new non-profit job in DC. To be able to stay at the Asher House enabled me to get my feet under me, met a pressing need, and provided me with a sense of home and fellowship that meant a great deal. Frankly, staying at Asher made all the difference – spiritually, financially, and logistically.
For one, the accommodations could not have been more conveniently located. The room was warm and clean and nicely furnished. The common areas were comfortable and welcoming, and the company of the women in the house gave me just the right balance of quiet time and joyful activity. Being among a community of other young Christian Scientists was deeply meaningful to me. In fact, not having attended Principia, I had never had such an opportunity before. To live in that environment, but also to be able to have metaphysical conversations and actively support each other’s spiritual growth was an incredible privilege and great help to me. The house members introduced me to one of the local branch churches, where I now attend regularly.
[The House Manager] also connected me to the broader community of Christian Scientists in the DC area. [She] could not have been more inclusive, more cheerful, more helpful, more loving, or more supportive. She made my stay incredibly easy and comfortable. The work she does to keep the house running smoothly, support the residents and guests, and serve the larger Christian Science community in DC and her church is remarkable. I’m very grateful to have benefited from her graceful attention.
I think of Asher fondly when I recall Mary Baker Eddy’s sentiment that “Home is the dearest spot on earth.” So, too, Asher is the “center, but not the boundary” of Christian affection for the community. I saw friends, family, guests, and other Christian Scientists gather there often. In turn, these individuals went about their work blessing the world.
The Asher House DC is truly an incredibly provision for many Christian Scientists – and can be a center of fellowship and support for the larger community. I’m so thankful to have been able to stay there, and I’m so appreciative of all that the Asher organization does to maintain this provision for young Christian Scientists around the country.”