Reality Fellows

We’re accepting applications for Reality Fellows 2020-2021!

The Reality Fellows Program provides an opportunity for young people (ages 21-28) to have a unique and unforgettable experience: a year living amongst, serving alongside, and learning from our community of friends with and without intellectual/developmental disabilities.

The Reality Fellows experience is an immersion in:

  • Daily life within a community of deep friendship
  • Discovering your own vocational gifts and aspirations
  • Transformative service toward those who are typically marginalized
  • Learning from our friends with I/DD, who have so much wisdom about following Jesus

Reality Fellows become an integral part of the Reality Ministries staff. They are entrusted with leading programs, building friendships with participants, and contributing their unique ideas and energy to our team! They receive lots of support from the staff, making it a really wonderful place to try out new things and grow into leadership.

In addition to the work, the Fellows experience is enriched in many ways, including: weekly reflection on their work; reading and discussing various materials on spirituality, theology, and disability; retreats; and countless opportunities for celebration with the staff and community.

For a more detailed job description, click here.

During the year, the Fellows take up residence in the North Street Neighborhood (about a half mile from the Reality Center), a community intentionally structured around people living with disability. Fellows can participate in the neighborhood life in many ways, including prayer, meals, events, and many, many spontaneous porch hangouts (everyone there has a porch!). You will be living with one or two other Fellows in an apartment in one of the houses. Also, the area is very cool, with good food, parks, pubs, walking/running trails, and everything else you could want nearby. For more on the North Street Neighborhood, click here!

Each Fellow receives a $600 monthly stipend, free housing and utilities, and at least six meals per week through Reality’s programs.

Dates: The program will run August 2020 - July 2021.

We will review applications upon receipt until mid. March or until all positions are filled.

To apply, submit the Reality Fellows 2020-2021 Application.



Meet the 2018-2019 Reality Fellows!

Kelsey Duncan
A native Durhamite, Kelsey graduated in 2017 from Clemson University, and she's eager to tell anyone and everyone that there's nothing that compares to a Clemson football game. To our delight she is back in her hometown for the Fellows program, and we love seeing her amazing interpersonal gifts at work.
Abigail Woten
Abi is originally from Florida, and she went to college at NC State; she claims she doesn't have a southern drawl but definitely does. She is as happy as can be with a good book on a porch swing - especially in the mountains or at the beach. Her humor and willing attitude bring life to the whole Reality community!
Maddie Owens
Maddie is an avid reader, conversationalist, and kayaker. Also from Durham, Maddie went to school at Covenant College in the Chattanooga area.
Ryan Tjelle
According to Ryan, the two most beautiful things in this world are soccer and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Any day that has both those things is a cause for rejoicing. Ryan came all the way from Washington state, where he went to school at the one and only Whitworth University. We're lucky he was willing to move all the way to Durham!

HanSol Sim
Han can do just about anything, but he's most satisfied when he's simply sitting on the porch with a cold drink and some good music. Originally from Texas, he moved here a few years ago to attend Duke Divinity School; we're so glad he stayed around and we are blessed to have his thoughtful and easygoing presence here!