“PULSE has served as a medium, or a catalyst, to help me connect and build relationships with people throughout the city; relationships that have been extremely impactful and mutually-beneficial.” – Ben Emswiler
Ben Emswiler grew up in Broadway, Virginia, and attended Eastern Mennonite University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious and Intercultural Studies with a minor in Psychology. Ben has experience working with Congolese and Syrian refugees, spent his summer in Machakos, Kenya on a service trip, and has worked as a representative for Faith in Action, a Basketball coach for Broadway High School, and as a counselor with Citikidz Camp. He also enjoys playing any and all sports, fishing and kayaking, listening to music and going to concerts, reading, and watching good films. He is a part of the Northside cohort, and is serving with Neighborhood Allies.
Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?
Ben Emswiler: PULSE has impacted my process of discerning what my next steps in life are and the direction I want to head towards pertaining to passions, education, and vocation.
Cecilia: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Ben: My nonprofit partnership has taught me a lot about community development, something I have never even thought about before. Now I think about everything through a new lens based on what I have learned and experienced at [Neighborhood Allies]. Other PULSErs have expanded my worldview on certain things while also helping to strengthen my convictions as well.
Cecilia: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Ben: My coworkers are pretty cool.
Cecilia: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?
Ben: I really enjoy my housemates and getting to explore life together as recent college graduates in Pittsburgh.
Cecilia: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Ben: First of all no day is typical, but every day seems pretty laid back, to me at least. My partnership gives me a lot of freedom with the type of work I do on a daily basis. Sometimes I am working with my supervisor on a specific project. But no matter what it is, it is a constant learning experience.
Cecilia: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
Ben: Chicken and rice (5 days a week).
Cecilia: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?
Ben: The best part of PULSE is connecting with people who aren’t necessarily affiliated with PULSE in any way. PULSE has served as a medium, or a catalyst, to help me connect and build relationships with people throughout the city; relationships that have been extremely impactful and mutually-beneficial.
Story by PULSE Participant Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus.
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