(L to R) Back row: Zach Garrett, 23, Suffield, CT; Luke Brouwer, 23, Nevada City, CA; Shannon Kiley, 25, Lincoln, CA. Front row: Cathy Gao, 22, Beijing, China; Olivia Crissman, 21, Winston-Salem, NC; Holly McClain, 25, Grass Valley, CA; Emma McDowell, 23, Chambersburg, PA; Kim Beisel, 26, Upland, CA.
Elizabeth (Kemmerer) Suarez (Intern ‘15) and her husband Kevin were married in November ‘17 and currently reside in Lynchburg, VA. Elizabeth completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Liberty University in December and is pursuing licensure as a licensed professional counselor.
Following her internship, Kaitlin Dinkelacker (Intern ‘14-’15) moved to New York to work with 14-21 year olds in foster care through Mercy First Foster Care Agency, leading job skills workshops and assisting youth aging out of foster care to find housing, amongst other responsibilities. After a year in New York, Kaitlin moved back home to Ohio where she began working at Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health with 16-22 year olds with mental illness. Kaitlin is currently enrolled at Ohio State University, pursuing a doctorate in Occupational Therapy, with a desire to return to the mental health field.
Kate Jeffcoat (Intern ‘16) moved home to South Carolina after internship to continue education in physical therapy through Midlands Technical College. She returned to Grass Valley last fall and is currently working at Uplift Family Services in Sacramento, a behavioral and mental health treatment program, as a behavior specialist.
Though TJ succesfully transitioned into young adulthood, he didn’t feel a sense of fulfillment when he got there. As he prayed through this season, he found a CEM business card on the floor of his car. Though TJ had visited CEM a couple of years prior, he resisted God’s invitation to internship. This time around, still disillusioned with life, TJ prayed that only if someone was to reach out to him regarding internship would he come. Two people contacted him in the same day.
Despite his initial resistance to God’s call, TJ is leaving CEM more impacted from the past eight months than he could have anticipated from such a short window of time.
“I’ve allowed God to use me in ways I wouldn’t have expected God to use me. I wasn’t just brought here to be a body; I was brought here to be a part of the body. I’ve been privileged to live with the people here.
I love the students. I love the interns. I love the staff. There hasn’t been a day here where I haven’t seen God move in some way. There hasn’t been a day when I’ve thought the sacrifice of my time was not worth it.”
“Before [my internship] I had to seclude myself to hear God...I would set aside an hour or two for quiet time. It was hard to get alone time with God in the structure of Ranch life...[But] day to day, He would reveal things through daily interactions...He’s always with me. Before I needed to make an appointment. [Now] I’m often praying in the moment during the day, drawing as close as I can… “
- David Hernandez, 3-month intern
David finished his internship in August and returned to UC Merced, where he will continue his studies in Political Science.