Reality Fellows

The Reality Fellows Program provides an opportunity for young adults (ages 21-28) to have a unique and unforgettable experience: a year living amongst, serving alongside, and learning from our community of friends with and without intellectual/developmental disabilities.

The Reality Fellows experience is an immersion in:

  • Daily life within a community of deep friendship
  • Discovering your own vocational gifts and aspirations
  • Transformative service toward those who are typically marginalized
  • Learning from our friends with I/DD, who have so much wisdom about following Jesus

Reality Fellows become an integral part of the Reality Ministries staff. They are entrusted with leading programs, building friendships with participants, and contributing their unique ideas and energy to our team! They receive lots of support from the staff, making it a really wonderful place to try out new things and grow into leadership.

In addition to the work, the Fellows experience is enriched in many ways, including: weekly reflection on their work; reading and discussing various materials on spirituality, theology, and disability; retreats; and countless opportunities for celebration with the staff and community.

During the year, the Fellows take up residence in the North Street Neighborhood (about a half-mile from the Reality Center), a community intentionally structured around people living with disabilities. Fellows can participate in neighborhood life in many ways, including prayer, meals, events, and many, many spontaneous porch hangouts (everyone there has a porch!). You will be living with one or two other Fellows in an apartment in one of the houses. Also, the area is very cool, with good food, parks, pubs, walking/running trails, and everything else you could want nearby.

Each Fellow receives a $600 monthly stipend, free housing and utilities, and at least six meals per week through Reality’s programs.

We’re now accepting applications for Reality Fellows 2021-2022!

Dates: The program will run August 2021 – July 2022.

All positions are filled for 2020-2021.

Meet the 2019-2020 Reality Fellows!

Danny Carpenter

Danny Carpenter comes to us from Kalamazoo, MI via Hope College where he just graduated. He used to be in a band called “Dusty Ben & the Riders,” and loves a good round of Mario Kart. He has brought his musical talents to Reality along with his love of tacos. Danny is a warm and delightful presence.

Ella Rose

Ella Rose has been a volunteer at Reality since 2012 when she was a student at Trinity School. Last year, Ella was an intern at Reality for the summer, and she just graduated from Washington & Lee University in May. We’re grateful for all the gifts and capacities she will share as a Fellow (and there are many). She loves running, hiking (ask her about her recent Utah trip!), photography, cooking, and so much more.

Annie Janick

Annie Janick is not new around Reality, but we’re certainly excited for all the wonderful gifts she has to offer Reality through her fellowship. She just finished up her undergrad degree at Duke University. Annie is a faithful friend to many and loves to dig in the dirt (especially for her favorite food: potatoes).

Christin Bothe

Christin Bothe, yet another fixture around the Reality community, has joined the Reality Fellows team after finishing at Duke Divinity School this May. She is thoughtful, kind, and dependable. We’re so grateful and excited Christin is going to be with us in Durham for another year!

Joe Krall

Joe Krall just finished his M.Div at Duke, is from Indiana, and loves reading and listening to music. His depth and breadth of musical knowledge have earned him the nickname “Jukebox Joe” (among many other nicknames). Joe is a member of Blacknall Presbyterian Church where he helps out with the middle school group. Joe brings energy, joy, and depth to his role at Reality.

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