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Raisa Jose, a first year student and Circle of Fellows Scholarship recipient, founded The Giving Truck to support people in need around the lower mainland. As a scholarship recipient, Raisa received training in the Leadership Class and seed funding to launch this ambitious project.
Interested in a career in social work, Raisa aspired to “build genuine human connection with vulnerable and marginalized individuals in society”. The Giving Truck is a vehicle that hands out material donations such as food, clothing, inspirational cards, and toys. It also serves as the home base to offer free services such as haircuts, sports activities, pet therapy, crafts, and childcare.
After a busy year hosting inaugural events for The Giving Truck, Raisa already has projects planned for next year. Future events include celebrating Mother’s Day with women at Union Gospel Mission, offering free haircuts at the Men’s Hostel in Vancouver, providing leadership training for high school students, and trick-or-treating with the children at the Pacific Autism Family Network.
When asked about her decision to attend Corpus Christi, Raisa shared “Corpus Christi was the best decision I made. The friendships come naturally in this faith-based community. It feels like I am part of a family”.