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College In-Resident Volunteers in their own words


December 20, 2018

“First, let me start with the lifelong effects the program has had on me. Aside from providing an affordable option for housing while I was in school, it literally changed the way that I look at the world. When I set foot on campus, I had no previous experience with people with developmental disabilities. When I left, I had a degree in developmental psychology and had a job working in the field…”

Erin Tellez, CIRV student 2003–2006


“I was lucky enough to get a spot in the program. Being part of the program not only provided me with experiences that I would have not had, but it allowed me to not worry about the financial stress of paying for housing…”

“I took part in helping athletes in Special Olympics. I was part of the basketball team that was comprised of Special Olympic athletes and non-athletes. We played games against other teams in the Spokane area. It was a great joy to see them having so much fun playing basketball…”

Jerry Ornelas, CIRV student starting in 1996


“The clients at Lakeland look forward to interacting with the students every day. If I could do it over I would undoubtedly be a CIRV again, and it saddens me to think other students may not get the chance to learn from the bright, warm, kind and loving clients at Lakeland Village.

Denver Black, CIRV student 2004–2006


“Honestly, if it weren’t for the CIRV Program I’m not sure if I would’ve even gone to college…”

“After being in the CIRV program for almost five years now, I have recognized immense growth in my own personal beliefs, perspectives and worldview toward not only adults, but all people young and old with disabilities. I know now that they are not people to be feared, they are people who, like every one of us, have value and a purpose and we should all strive to support them…”

Amber Walker, CIRV student 2014 to present


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