Reality Fellows

Reality Fellows:  Paige, Brian, John & LeeAnna

Apply to be a Reality Fellow 2018-2019!

We welcome you to apply to be a Reality Fellow! These four young adults will spend a year living amongst, serving alongside, and learning from our community of friends with and without developmental disabilities.

We are seeking applicants age 21-28 from all over who are looking for a unique and formative experience. This is not a position reserved only for people preparing to enter a career with people with disabilities - we hope to welcome applicants with diverse passions (including business, music, education, sports, the list goes on!) to grow, teach and learn in our community.  We are looking for interns who want to enjoy an incredible year of service, reflection and friendship and who will bring their particular gifts and interests to enrich our community!  No previous experience with people with disabilities is required for this program.

We hope this time of immersion in our unique community will be a blessing to the Fellows and will transform how they think of themselves, the world and God. And we anticipate that they also will be a blessing to us in our ongoing work of building friendships and living into the Reality of Jesus Christ.

The Details:  August 1, 2018 - July 30, 2019

As a Reality Fellow…

  • You will be working closely with the Reality Ministries staff, full-time, in various programs for our friends with and without developmental disabilities. In addition to your common work, each Fellow will have a special focus as part of your job, based upon your own interests and skills. Examples: nutrition/cooking, gardening, music, exercise/fitness, PR/media, admin, employment/job training, etc. We want to receive the various gifts our Fellows bring to us!

  • You will be living in intentional community in one of two apartments in the North Street Neighborhood, located in downtown Durham, NC and closely connected to Reality Ministries. Learn more about North Street HERE!

  • You will be engaging Christian practices prayer and reflection with other Fellows, with staff, and with the larger Reality community.  
  • You will receive a stipend of TBA, and your housing and utilities will be provided; additionally, four lunches and one dinner per week will be covered via Reality programs and community gatherings

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until February 8, 2018 or until all positions are filled. Candidates may be asked to interview via Skype or in person. 

To apply, complete the Reality Fellow 2018-2019 Application. Email for more information. You can attach a letter of recommendation with your application but this is not required. 

Meet the 2016-2017 Reality Fellows!

Deborah Montes is from right here in Durham; she has returned home to be a Reality Fellow after graduating from Harvard with a Biology major and a Studio Art minor.

Lisa Touhey graduated from Duke in May with a degree in Psychology.  She is from Virginia Beach, is preparing for graduate school in Occupational Therapy, and was a remarkable volunteer at Reality for three years in college.   

Luke Olsen hails from Washington state, and is experiencing all the newness of the Fellows program and the state of North Carolina.. He majored in Theology at Whitworth College.

Quinn Holmquist  grew up in the Charlotte area and just finished at Duke with a double major in Spanish and Haitian Kreyol. He's been volunteering with Reality since his first semester of college.