Sarah Scheibe Buckler
My name is Sarah Scheibe Buckler. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I am a 2006 graduate of Xavier University and a Brueggeman Fellow alum from 2005-2006. While at Xavier I majored in Social Work and minored in Theology, Gender and Diversity Studies, and Peace Studies. My passion for social justice was coupled with a desire to travel internationally first during a Service Learning Semester at Xavier, where I spent three months living, learning, and doing service work in Delhi, India. My experiences there, especially surrounding water and community development, fueled my research in Haiti with my Brueggeman Fellowship.
Upon graduation I spent a year volunteering with AmeriCorps at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana with the Sisters of Providence, where I developed skills as an organic gardener, assisted in caring for a herd of alpacas, and provided environmental education to the local community. I then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where I spent a few years as the Social Concerns Coordinator at the Cathedral of the Assumption. There, I ran a daily lunch program for the city’s homeless and hungry and provided urban outreach to lunch guests. I also coordinated the social justice outreach of the parish community, working on legislative issues, community development, housing issues, and maintaining a sister parish relationship in Jèrèmie, Haiti (which happened to be one of the cities in which I did some of my Brueggeman Fellowship research!). I was able to go back to Haiti twice while working in this position, and helped develop a plan to create a clean drinking water system for the sister parish and its Montessori grade school.
In 2011, I took a position as a Housing Case Manager at St. John Center for Homeless Men in Louisville, where I currently work. There, I help chronically homeless men with disabling conditions find housing and give them ongoing support so that they are able to remain in housing. I am also involved in peace, justice, and spirituality work in the Louisville community. I married a Louisville native in 2012 and together we seek ways to build community, live simply, and ever-broaden our understanding of the world and our impact on it.
In July of 2007 I traveled to Haiti. I split my time there amongst the capital, Port-au-Prince, the coastal city of Jèrèmie, and the mountainous village of Latiboliere located about 7 miles inland from Jèrèmie. During my stay, I researched different communities’ access to clean water and explored the benefits and downfalls of the privatization of water services. The information I found about Latiboliere’s (in)access to clean drinking water was shared with their community council and sister parish in Hales Corners, WI with the hopes of developing a long-lasting safe water system. My research on water access in Jèrèmie, Haiti was especially beneficial in my job at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, which had a sister parish in Jèrèmie, Haiti. My research helped fuel interest in developing clean water systems and led to a partnership with Edge Outreach (based in Louisville, KY). Through this relationship, community partners from Jèrèmie and Louisville were able to develop access to clean water, improved health, and economic development at St. Therese Montessori School and the St. Louis Cathedral in Jèrèmie.
Read Sarah's research paper here.
What They're Doing Now
Currently, I am loving life in Louisville and enjoying my job as a Housing Case Manager at St. John Center for Homeless Men. I love the challenges and joys of working with the men I encounter, and am grateful for the many ways they teach me.