Jack Turney grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and La Habra Heights, California. In addition to food delivery with Meals on Wheels, Turney volunteered alongside family members during community Thanksgiving events, cooked with Saint Joseph’s kitchen to provide “Dinner in the Park” to the homeless, and participated in Tijuana Spring Breakthrough (TJSB) “Intentional Accompaniment” relationship building visits to Mexico with University of San Diego.
Involved with University Ministry, and ordained as a Eucharistic Minister, Turney later traveled to Alameda, California for the Mulvaney Immersion Communities for Action and Humility (MICAH) Summer Fellowship, an eight week program to inspire “Adaptive Leadership” with values of simplicity, community, social justice, and spirituality.
In August of 2017, through Border Servant Corps, Turney became Camp Hope Outreach Coordinator, responsible for direct contact with residents to promote Mesilla Valley Community of Hope resources and transitional housing opportunities. Like other faith-based organizations of Turney’s volunteer experience, Border Servant Corps hosts “Accompaniment-style immersions” in the Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; El Paso, Texas; and Las Cruces, New Mexico borderland regions.
As Camp Hope Outreach Coordinator, Turney helped facilitate The Great Conversation alongside Randy Harris, organized weekly writing groups, meditations, and confidence building activities with the original principles of Camp Hope “Self-Governance.” To increase the likelihood for trusting relationships between residents, clients, and staff, Turney suggested that the “Rules” form signed by all residents be reconstituted and renamed as Camp Hope “Agreements.”
In 2019, with advisement from Yoli Silva, Turney enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at New Mexico State University. In collaboration with university departments and Las Cruces community organizations, increased awareness for year-round volunteer engagement alongside Hope Campus professional staff continues to be one of many responsibilities for the outreach coordinator.