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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Serving the Aged Lovingly Today (SALT) is a mission program hosted by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. Young women ages 18-40 serve in one of the 20 nursing homes sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters. We average 5-7 participants on each program and offer the opportunity to engage with other women who are passionate about service to the elderly. Past locations have included Dublin, Ireland; Columbus, OH; Albany, NY; Staten Island NY; and Naperville, IL. Missionaries do not have to be discerning a vocation to religious life or even be Catholic; however, we ask that all missionaries attend daily mass and prayers with the Sisters and residents.

  2. It costs nothing! Room and board, as well as our signature blue SALT t-shirts, are provided free of charge. However, missionaries are responsible for taking care of their own travel expenses and pocket money. Each SALT program is approximately a week long with an option to extend an additional week for an in-depth service experience (we call the first week “SALT I” and the second week “SALT II”.)

  3. Our mission is to serve the elderly who often feel abandoned. This can take many forms. We strive to incorporate the unique talents of our missionaries into service, whether that be arts and crafts, singing, or even baton twirling! Each day begins with a half hour learning session on an aspect of spiritual or geriatric care followed by mass with the residents and Sisters. After that will be a combination of group activities and outings with the residents, as well as plenty of time for one-on-one visits.

  4. The richness and depth of a week of giving of oneself to others can best be experienced rather than described; however, our missionaries consistently report that SALT changed their lives. They say that they “fell in love” with the residents and experience the awakening of a desire to give their lives as a gift to others. Several heard a call to join the Carmelite Sisters during SALT and have since entered the convent. All leave with deepened spirituality, listening and life skills to bring to every future relationship, and an understanding of how meaningful their presence is to those in need.

  5. You can apply on our site by clicking the link above. After submitting all pieces of the application, we will contact you for an informal interview. The purpose is to get to know you and answer any questions you have. Please note that included in the application is a reference letter and a health disclosure (we ask for this information in order to ensure that your needs will be taken care of should an medical emergency occur.) Applications are due a month before the beginning of each program, or until the limited number of available spots are filled.

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