The Pink House

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

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Application Deadline Extended to March 20th!

Details

How is the Pink House Distinctive?

– The Pink House allows students to be part of any church congregation and is made up of multi-denominational affiliations.

– The Pink House allows residents to serve in various downtown ministries, which include: churches, agencies, non-profits and even local government.

– The Pink House is located in a parking lot! Students must be willing to work harder at reaching out to their neighbors and getting involved in Lowell/Jefferson neighborhood activities.

– The Pink House is a program of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and its staff are employed through InterVarsity. Students who participate will be considered InterVarsity students and invited to all events (including CSUF large group, Fall Conference, Bible Study Mark Camp at Catalina Island etc.) Our beliefs and doctrine are listed here: http://intervarsity.org/about/our/our-doctrinal-basis.

– The Pink House is owned by APFY Foundation and First Presbyterian Church, Fresno CA. During the year students will be presented to the congregation and prayed for, they will meet the Foundation Board, and serve at the Church once.

Who Can Live in the Pink House?

– must be between 20 and 32 years old
– must be a committed follower of Jesus Christ
– may be a college student, community leader or church member
– must have a consistent source of income, either missionary support, parental help, or employment
– sufficient to pay rent and buy food (Do not let money discourage your interest. Please talk to directors if there are challenges here)
– must demonstrate interest in the stated purposes of the house
– must demonstrate a flexible, participatory spirit
– must commit to ten months of residency (August 15-June 15)

What are the Pink House Requirements?

The Pink House program requires from students 15 hours a week of participation and three out-town-events.

– 5 hours on Tuesday night for dinner together, followed by a curriculum lesson
– 5 hours of service at an assigned downtown agency during the week
– 5 hours of relationship building with housemates or other community activities/events during the week
– 2 weekend retreats-  Fall Semester Retreat and Winter Semester Retreat
– A week-long Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Conference in the fall semester
*Fall weekend at City Scope
*Spring weekend at City Summit
*One day Program Fundraiser

How much does the Pink House cost?

– $10 application fee (The $10 will count towards the Initial Program Fee)
– $300/individual per month
– $550/married couple per month
– $150 Initial Program Fee (Required at Orientation / $50 is returned upon completion of the program)
*** Please know that finances should not hinder one from applying / being accepted. Please talk to directors if finances are a concern ***

What are the Pink House Values?

We believe God has called us to live in the Pink House to develop as leaders, to grow in our understanding and practice of biblical community, and to engage in ministry with children and families in Fresno’s urban neighborhoods.

Leadership Development
In light of our calling, we believe that we are to be stretched beyond our comfort zone and be bold for the sake of the kingdom. As leaders we seek to embody integrity, discipline, and the courage to do what’s right in the midst of conflict, spiritual warfare and unjust systems. We intentionally open ourselves up to the influence of more mature leaders, wanting to be faithful, available, and teachable. Knowing that our ministry grows out of our identity in Christ, as leaders, we consistently seek opportunities to grow and be changed as leaders so that we can be used to bring change in our city.

Biblical Community
Recognizing that Biblical community is a process, we open ourselves up to sharing our lives and having common commitments. We are committing ourselves to transparent relationships, pursuing a consistent practice of honest and loving communication and confrontation. Knowing that major differences exist based on race, culture and gender, we pledge ourselves to a climate which facilitates reconciliation. For ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Matthew 5:9). As iron sharpens iron, we agree to challenge and support one another both in our lives and our ministries. As we live out this vision of community we trust that God’s love will radiate out into this neighborhood, in which we have chosen to live. ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.'(John 13:34,35).

Urban Ministry
This love of Christ compels us to embrace the people of Fresno’s urban neighborhoods and the city, so many of whom are poor. We believe that true spirituality is demonstrated in compassionate action on behalf of the poor (Isaiah 58). In commitment to the vision of the Kingdom of God as stated through the prophet Isaiah we participate in creating ‘previews’ here on earth of that Kingdom in its final perfection (Isa. 65). We exemplify this by living as ambassadors, speaking for those who have no voice (Proverbs 31: 8,9). This includes helping the neglected children of the Lowell Neighborhood, the poor, the homeless, migrant farm workers, abused tenants, the elderly, and victims of racial hatred, thereby helping them be reconciled to God and one another (II Corinthians 5). We do all this reaching out from our hearts to show God’s love. We believe the body of Christ is the hope for the healing and rebuilding of the city (Isaiah 61) and the establishment of justice there. ‘Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.’ (Amos 5:24)

Meet The Directors

Pink House Staff

Sarah Cuevas

Associate Director of Pink House

As the InterVarsity Pink House Co-Director, Sarah is passionate about her work in raising up fellow urban leaders and impacting the community of Fresno. She also does this through her work in the Lowell neighborhood as director of the Wise Old Owl tutoring program, through Youth for Christ. As a woman of color with a love of biblical justice, Sarah is equipping students for working with and considering perspectives from diverse backgrounds. Her experience as a second generation Mexican American from a small farming town, Reedley, helps her empower other indigenous leaders and challenge majority culture leaders. A graduate from Fresno Pacific University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, she brings skills and abilities to understand students’ experiences and deepen students’ knowledge of biblical community. In her free time, one can find Sarah hanging out with her family and looking for the perfect ice cream flavor.

Jessica Mast-Foss

Director of Pink House

Jessica is a rural Oklahoman Mennonite girl turned urban Fresno ecumenical woman. Jessica grew up in central Oklahoma, moved to Fresno at age fourteen, and fell in love with the town within a few weeks of her move. She graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a degree in Biblical and Religious Studies and a minor in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. After graduating, Jessica went on to participate in the Pink House, came to love downtown Fresno more specifically, and grew passionate for community development and exploring the intersection of faith and justice. Before joining InterVarsity staff as Pink House director, six years after her time as a student, Jessica spend time as a youth pastor and middle school teacher while living in the downtown and Lowell neighborhoods. She has a passion for growing people and empowering young leaders, and is excited to do that work now with young adults in a context where they are challenged to examine both faith and self in the context of community. Apart from celebrating the justice and shalom of the Kingdom of God, Jessica’s favorite day would involve riding bikes with her husband Erik to a good Fresno coffeeshop to spend time reading, writing, and daydreaming about how much she loves her two cats.