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  • I pushed open the doors, stepped foot inside the St. Francis Center in Denver, Colorado, and took a gasping breath. I turned my head up and was greeted by the sight of around 700 people staring at me. I could only think of one word...

    Taking on the Rockies

    I pushed open the doors, stepped foot inside the St. Francis Center in Denver, Colorado, and took a gasping breath. I turned my head up and was greeted by the sight of around 700 people staring at me. I could only think of one word...

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  • It was a nice break from the usual slogging through ESL and cultural orientation material. Today, instead of practicing introductions, writing letters and numbers or learning about job expectations, we gathered with the students we were tutoring and worked on an art project together.  With...

    Warm Hearts and Hard Starts: A Reflection for World Refugee Day

    It was a nice break from the usual slogging through ESL and cultural orientation material. Today, instead of practicing introductions, writing letters and numbers or learning about job expectations, we gathered with the students we were tutoring and worked on an art project together.  With...

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  • Below is a dialogue-reflection Bridget Battafarano shared from her Service & Justice Trip to Albuquerque, NM. Scene: Albuquerque, NM; St. Martin’s Hospitality Center (Day shelter for people experiencing homelessness) As the shelter was about to close one day, a man was walking out with his...

    Sharing Humanity

    Below is a dialogue-reflection Bridget Battafarano shared from her Service & Justice Trip to Albuquerque, NM. Scene: Albuquerque, NM; St. Martin’s Hospitality Center (Day shelter for people experiencing homelessness) As the shelter was about to close one day, a man was walking out with his...

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  • Did I think my Spring Break would involve feeding pretzels to strangers in some public library in Indiana? How about asking the neighbor for a toilet plunger because we had some issues plunging? Or even having a brilliant man who had no home write me...

    The Ultimate Urban Plunge

    Did I think my Spring Break would involve feeding pretzels to strangers in some public library in Indiana? How about asking the neighbor for a toilet plunger because we had some issues plunging? Or even having a brilliant man who had no home write me...

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  • Upon arriving in Minneapolis for my first Service trip experience, I was overwhelmed with thoughts, emotions, and most of all – QUESTIONS. Who am I going to meet? What will our host site look like? And, I have to confess, how am I going to...

    Who, What, Where, When, Why?

    Upon arriving in Minneapolis for my first Service trip experience, I was overwhelmed with thoughts, emotions, and most of all – QUESTIONS. Who am I going to meet? What will our host site look like? And, I have to confess, how am I going to...

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  • During this past Spring Break, I was fortunate enough to go to Bethphage Village in Axtell, NE. Through this experience, I got the opportunity to get to know individuals living with intellectual disabilities. I came into this trip with little knowledge of intellectual disabilities and...

    Communicating Compassion

    During this past Spring Break, I was fortunate enough to go to Bethphage Village in Axtell, NE. Through this experience, I got the opportunity to get to know individuals living with intellectual disabilities. I came into this trip with little knowledge of intellectual disabilities and...

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