After many years of work in the traditional service system, I was liberated with the opportunity to lead a demonstration project not bound by restrictive funding, government regulations and institutional practices.
I happily threw the policy handbooks, training programs, service documents, program brochures, hierarchical organizational structure and my imposter syndrome out the window!
Through the work of Beloved Community, I have discovered my genuine self and come to regularly practice authenticity. I’ve become emboldened to seize moments of wonder and embrace the role of lead buffoon! This has created the space for others I work with and support to do the same.
It is through this invitation to freedom that we have learned to live and love in real community.
I am one of the lucky few who has actually been given opportunities because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have a disability, and cannot drive. In a "normal" work environment, I would have been prevented from taking on the job with Beloved as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer. But, since we have moved everything to a virtual office, I have the great good fortune of telecommuting every day, joining our Beloveds in art and social activities.
I have done much advocacy work over the years, but nothing like that with Beloved, where each person (including myself) is asked to bring their authentic self to the table. This celebration of talents and difference is revolutionizing the way I think on a daily basis.
Never have I felt both so free and so loved.
My name is Isaac Chase and I am a student at NMHU pursuing my Master’s in Social Work. I have also recently started as a Plenary and Treatment Guardian at Honor Guardianship Services.
I am married to my beautiful wife Abrionna, and we have two dogs and one cat. I am a veteran of almost six years from the US Navy, and recently finished my undergraduate degree in psychology and minor in sociology from UNM.
As a recent New Mexico transplant in 2017, I am becoming ever engrossed in chili (I prefer red) and Piñon coffee, as well as the amazing parks and wilderness trails available to us.
I am excited to learn and engage with the Beloved Community!