"When we are in intensive periods of searching or discernment, what we often need most is not advice or guidance but simply accompaniment. Yonce does this so powerfully because it flows from his own commitment to asking the questions and being open to where they lead. He is someone who reflects back your inner light, supports you in confronting your shadows, and helps you to welcome the space between." (Tim, The Potter's House)

"As our community underwent a serious discernment process, Yonce was a crucial presence to me individually and to us as a community. Yonce became a person with whom I could be myself, especially as I was exploring who that "self" was. Yonce was a compassionate presence, withholding judgment and not ever expecting to have "all the answers." Instead, he listened to the community to help us find common ground." (Amy, New Leaf Church) 

"Each intentional community member, every year, hails Yonce's guidance and leadership as one of the strongest attributes of the Westmoreland Volunteer Corps.  I underscore their assessment.  I have the utmost regard for Yonce's coaching, counseling, and guidance capabilities." (John, Westmoreland Volunteer Corps board chair)

"There are some people that simply work with someone to find solutions. There are others that point one in the right direction. I see Yonce as doing both, but much more. I see Yonce as one who walks with someone on their journey. He has an incredible gift to listen at multiple levels, i.e. understand one's process, and yet to feel the depths of their soul. As a professional co-"walker," and somewhat guarded as to whom I would refer, I feel totally confident in Yonce's abilities to hold another's heart and deep work." (Kevin, Anew Place Counseling)

"Yonce helped me learn to listen more intently and to better understand how my spiritual gifts might play a role both in listening to God and in loving the world. When I first met with Yonce, my eyes were firmly fixed on my career. Months later, they were much more firmly fixed on Christ and his work in and around me-all of my vocation, not just the occupation part. There were times when we met where Yonce did not say a word besides a brief hello and opening prayer - his presence alone is often enough to encourage reflection, deep prayer, and a quieting of the spirit." ("Jane," former spiritual directee)

A good host not only has to be poor in mind but also poor in heart. ... Real hospitality is not exclusive but inclusive and creates space for a large variety of human experiences. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)