Kat Deliosio and Theresa Deuling
Raised on a farm near Mabel Lake in the Okanogan Valley of British Columbia, 22-year-old Theresa Deuling got her early education in a one-room schoolhouse. Kat Deliosio, 24, grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey, in the shadow of New York City. Each is considering a career in midwifery. "Both of us are doulas," Deuling explains, "women who help women have children." Deliosio and Deuling are serving as volunteers at the St John Bosco House in Eugene, where they offer hospitality and care 24/7 to homeless young women and their children. In return, they get room and board plus a small stipend. Donations cover the rent. "We have space for four women at a time," says Deuling. "At present we have three." The Bosco House is one of 185 Catholic Worker communities, each committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, and hospitality for the forsaken. "We each found it by way of the Catholic Worker website," says Deliosio, who drove across the country in October. "I'd never been west." Deuling arrived at the Bosco House in September. "I've made a year commitment," she says. "There's a desperate need for people to do this kind of work."