An Introduction

An introduction 1

(About 3 A.M., and about to head to the front of Stony Point to hop on the shuttle to take me to the Airport)

So… hello world!

My name is Patrick Michael Quiring the First, and this is my blog about my experiences while serving down in Miami, Florida for a year through Y.A.V. YAV stands for Young Adult Volunteer, and it is done through the Presbyterian Church (USA). This will be used to document my year as a way of reflection, and to one-day look back on it with fond eyes as my memory might fade with the uninvited assistance of Father Time.

A little back story on me for people who have found this blog through DOOR, Ask Jeeves, YAV, Google, or any other way:

I hail from the glorious state known as Oklahoma where I’ve lived 98% of my life, and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma (Put cho Hooves up!) this past May with a degree in Interdisciplinary studies, and a minor in Psychology. I love music, going to concerts, eating Chipotle, traveling, non-profits, photography, the creative arts, experiencing life, and many more things.

The YAV program I will be participating in will be an interesting journey. I’ve known many YAVs and my amazing brother was even one in Kenya back in 2008 (Hey RTQ!). Through that I’ve been told that everybody’s experience is different so I’m excited to see where this will lead me.

One of the main things I’m excited about is simple living, which is basically me, living on a much simpler budget than I’m used to. It also applies to how I will be living with a different mindset from back home. There’s also no dishwasher or garbage disposal so that should be fun. This shall be very interesting since I’ve never had to really live the way that I will be living this year.

If you were also wondering about what the YAV program in Miami is like then please check it out here!

So sit back, enjoy the ride, and please live vicariously through my tales!

Also, a part of the YAV program is that I have to raise 3,000 dollars by January 1st. I’ve raised some funds, but not the total amount. If you would like to donate to my cause then there are many ways you can do that.

The first option is that you can go here, and once there scroll a little ways down until you see the teal “donation” and “recurring donation” button. If you choose this option then please just make sure that you type in “Patrick Quiring- Miami, Florida” on it in the Donation Designation box.

The second option is to send in a physical check. To do that just send it in to the national DOOR office here: 430 W 9th Ave, Denver CO 80204

You can also make a personal check out to me if you’d like, and mail it my way. If you’d like the address then please feel free to E-mail me at

If you have any questions then please donate hesitate to ask!

Also, if you’re wondering why it’s not the YAV site you are being directed to it’s because YAV and DOOR have partnered up to provide services to the community they’re in.

Thank you to anybody who donates. I am forever grateful, and it means the world to me.

Thank you for venturing through my site!

Here is a little photo taken by my fantastic work site coordinator of my amazing housemates who I get to experience, and share this year with. My lovely housemates are Natalie from North Carolina, Shinhye from South Korea, and Qunten from Colorado just so you know who I am talking about in future posts. It’s taken in the Wynwood Art District, which is a phenomenal spot in Miami that has many beautiful murals.

Lastly, if you have any questions, or want to know more about anything then please don’t be afraid to contact me through here, Facebook, Twitter, or E-mail (!

Until next time!


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