Hilina Giday
was born in Ethiopia but grew up in Seattle, Washington. She then went to study at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has a strong passion for Biology, which was her major and plans to attend medical school after The Shalom Project. She’s excited to start serving as an advocate for refugees at Church World Service during her time in Lancaster. She also hopes to take a much needed time of reflection and rest for the next year while getting to build community.


Melissa Betancur grew up mainly in northern New Jersey as well as upstate New York. She was born in Medellín, Colombia, and graduated from Eastern University with a degree in Youth Ministry plus minors in Psychology and Biblical Studies. Melissa will be serving with Advoz, a conflict mediation and restorative justice service for youth and families. Melissa is passionate about emotional healing, healthy relational dynamics, and remaining connected to her roots as a Latina. In her spare time she looks forward to pursuing writing, reading, cooking, salsa dancing, exercise, and spending time with others.


SiHyeon Bae comes to The Shalom Project by way of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) International Volunteer Exchange Program. SiHyeon is from Seoul, South Korea. She recently finished graduate school and has been working as a music therapist before joining MCC. SiHyeon will be living in the Shalom house and serving at Maple Farm, a skilled nursing care facility in Akron.


Past Participants

Hope Sholly, Erin Hershey, Ellie Kiger, Lenore (Kauffman) Bush, Brad Mullet, Rachelle Kratz, Elora Cook, Chad Gundy, Abbey Combs, Feleen Nancarvis, Chattu Sinha, Hayley Schick, Julian Harnish, Kaitlin Abrahams, Sarah Regan