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Response-Ability is a non-profit volunteer service program that places college graduates in inner-city Catholic schools in the US and in other international sites across the United States. It is a member of the and is affiliated with AmeriCorps.

A ministry of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) grounded in Cornelia Connelly's educational philosophy, Response-Ability trains, coaches and inspires innovative volunteers to provide quality education and service in inner city schools and international sites. Living in community, volunteers achieve spiritual, personal and professional growth. Response-Ability's core values are God Among Us, Commitment to Community, and Reverence of the Individual. Its vision is communities modeling reverence for each individual.


The program began in 1974 as a vocations awareness program for the SHCJ. Sisters would bring college-age students to various sites throughout the US to perform service for three weeks over the summer. Inspired by the work of Teach for America, Response-Ability launched its Teacher Service Program in Philadelphia in 1993. Volunteers began to serve as teachers in inner-city parochial school classrooms. This was beneficial to many schools that faced the possibility of closure. In the following years, the program grew to include volunteer houses in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. At the same time, the Holy Child Sisters requested that volunteers work with them in the Dominican Republic and in Chile. These...
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