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Fall 2013 Service & Justice Trips Host Site Descriptions

5 Day Trips

Omaha, NE – Siena/Francis House

Homelessness in Omaha: Getting to Know Our Neighbors
As with all our half week trips, this is definitely more of an immersion rather than a service trip. You are invited to experience the realities of homelessness and the care and advocacy offered right here in our own city. Live with the guests at our local community partner Siena/Francis House, which focuses on meeting basic needs and accompanying people along their recovery process. You will also sleep in the shelter. Ministry of presence is the primary component of this trip. A lot of time will be spent hearing the stories of the guests there, many of whom are experiencing mental illness or addiction, in formal meetings and informal time spent in the day shelter and during meals.

Relevant Website: Siena/Francis House, National Coalition for the Homeless, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Omaha, NE – Sustainability

Sustainability in Omaha: Uncovering Inconvenient Truths in Omaha
This five-day seminar exposes the participants to five different aspects of sustainability in Omaha: transportation, water, food, energy, and waste/recycling. Students will engage these topics through integrating hands-on experience with education by experts in the field of sustainability. Students will attempt to live sustainably during the seminar by walking, using public transportation, eating locally/seasonally/organically, reducing our use of water and energy through conservation, and creating little waste; (This may mean not eating meat). This sustainability seminar seeks to educate and engage Creighton students about these issues in order that we might begin to create a more sustainable community here at Creighton and beyond.

Relevant Websites: City Sprouts, Creighton University Sustainability Council, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Full Week Trips

Albuquerque, NM – St. Martin’s Hospitality Center

Students will be interacting daily with the homeless and extremely poor. There will be interactions with the volunteers and employees with those who work on behalf of the poor, in addition to time with the poor themselves will open eyes to the poverty, injustice, and suffering in the area. St. Martin’s is a day shelter that serves 250-400 clients daily. We provide showers, clothing, storage, and a hot breakfast every day. In addition we have a full range of behavioral services, case management, job development, and client advocacy. Ideally the trip would be a homeless immersion similar to the Siena/Francis trip based out of St. Martins. Students could visit the other shelters/homeless services in the area, converse and spend time with clients in the shelter and on the streets. Students will have the opportunity to visit Art Street, a local studio which is open to St. Martin’s clients.

Relevant Websites: Jesuit Volunteer Corps, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence

Calhoun City, MS – EXCEL Community Center

The EXCEL program in Calhoun City, MS provides tutoring. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in Okolona, Calhoun City and Morton MS which are still very segregated communities with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities, as well as help in the tutoring program and the local elementary school. The Sisters of St. Francis from Dubuque have launched and continue to sustain these centers.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of St. Francis, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – Pilsen Poder Center 

Latinos in Chicago – Integration, Contributions and Challenges
The Pilsen neighborhood on the near west side of Chicago is a vibrant Latino community. Your hosts will be the staff of the Poder Center (an English as a Second Language (ESL) and community center). The group lives and cooks its meals at the rectory of the Jesuit-run Catholic parish of St. Procopius. Service opportunities include tutoring adults at the Poder Center, tutoring children at St. Procopius elementary school, and serving at the parish soup kitchen and clothing depository. Groups learn about many local social justice issues and the local culture from a variety of experiences: talking with the youth group, eating dinner with parish families in their homes, touring the innovative and renowned Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and visiting the local Mexican Fine Arts Museum.

Chicago, IL – Port Ministries

The Port Ministries is located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago and run by Franciscan friars. Students will be working with a primarily Hispanic population through ESL classes, an after school program for high school students, youth tutoring, the bread truck that serves the neighborhood, as well as a free clinic. Groups will interact directly with those they serve, learn about the problems facing low income families and individuals in Chicago, and learn about Franciscan spirituality.

Relevant Websites: Port Ministries

Chicago, IL – Su Casa Catholic Worker House

The Su Casa Catholic Worker is located on the South Side of Chicago. It has a mission of hospitality, community, and service. Su Casa works mostly with Spanish-speaking families that are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers help around the house, sort food and clothing donations, tutor children, provide childcare, and share in community dinners. Students will also have the opportunity to work in the Food Depository. Travel by public transportation to and from site will be used. Flexibility and openness to communal sharing is key.

Relevant Websites: Su Casa Catholic Worker, Catholic Worker Movement, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – Whipple House (Daughters of Charity) 

Diverse communities in Chicago.
This site primarily works with the Latino community in the underserved area of the west side of Chicago. Students work directly with the poor through tutoring and with various agencies and programs. Students will travel on public transportation, leaving Friday evening.
Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent De Paul Center, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – White Rose Catholic Worker House

The White Rose Catholic Worker serves in a number of different communities locally, nationally, and internationally.  Generally students immerse themselves each day in one of the most diverse zip codes in the U.S. with over 80 languages represented and a high immigrant and refugee population. Each day of the week volunteers take on a different issue of social concern and explore the alternatives that they are organizing for and living in the house including environmental sustainability, torture & war/nonviolence, capitalism/green economics, and poverty/hospitality.  There will be a series of educational and hands on experiences for each one. The White Rose Catholic Worker also has a farm, which students will stay at during their trip and students will mainly eat food grown on the farm to experience sustainable living.

Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement, To the Beat of a Different Drum, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Cleveland, OH – Whitman Catholic Worker House

Gentrification, Homelessness and Resistance The Whitman House offers a week-long socioeconomic immersion experience in Cleveland, in the Ohio City neighborhood. Students live as part of the Catholic Worker community, as well as part of the larger neighborhood community that is diverse economically, racially, and socially. The experience includes volunteering with many different social services in the area including meal programs and getting to know the neighborhood and understanding its socioeconomic circumstances, especially the changes brought by gentrification in recent years.

Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement, History of Ohio City, Cleveland, Poverty in Cleveland, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Clinton, IA – The Joy of Communal Living at L’Arche

Students will be traveling to Clinton to live in a L’Arche community. L’Arche communities are homes for Core Members who have intellectual disabilities and their Assistants who work and live with them. Students will be sharing in community life and get to know the Core Members and Assistants and help with the day to day operations of the houses, such as getting ready in the morning, doing chores around the homes during the day, helping to prepare dinner, and evening activities. The L’Arche mission is to create homes of welcome, to appreciate the unique gifts of each person and to respond to each one’s needs.

East St. Louis, IL – Hubbard House

Hubbard House’s mission is to “serve those who serve” by providing housing and meals as needed for area volunteers. They provide a forum for discussing why there is poverty, why people continue to be poorer and why the “system” does not support the needs of the poor. There is a large focus on education and how it affects the cycle of poverty. Incorporated within this process are opportunities for learning about the issues surrounding poverty, advocacy, and discussing systemic change, for example: What can you do about it?

El Paso, TX – Columban Border Immersion

The Missionary Society of St. Columban Office of Advocacy and Outreach will host this border immersion. The service of presence will be the focus of this trip – hearing peoples’ stories and accompanying them. You will talk with community members about the pressures, challenges and joys of living and working along the border; additionally, learning about the violence in Juarez and the challenges of immigration, migration, land rights, economics, and sustainability. Fr. Bill has been refurbishing the home where you will be staying and working on a community garden in the area. Although you will not be crossing the border, it is a good idea to have a valid United States ID and a passport with you.

Relevant Websites: Columban Advocacy & Outreach, Justice for Immigrants, Jesuit Conference on Migration & Immigration, Video about Lomas del Poleo Land Dispute, CCSJ Immigrants/Refugees Justice Priority

Lincoln, NE – ShadowBrook Farm

Farm in Lincoln
See what it’s like to work on a farm for a week
. ShadowBrook Farm is a small, family-owned specialty vegetable farm. They are committed to organic farming practices and are devoted to being good stewards of our land. They want to help move towards a “regional food system” where food is sold directly to the consumer rather than traveling many miles to reach your plate. About 10 acres are devoted to growing certified organic specialty vegetables and herbs. They also plant about an acre of cut-flowers. Their goal is to plant green manure crops in a third of our vegetable ground annually.  They have a herd of dairy goats that are currently used for our own dairy needs. They are currently using four hoop-houses to extend our growing season. Using this system they are able to produce vegetables for ten months a year. Participants have the opportunity to make goat cheese and should expect to do work in the outdoors.
Relevant Website: ShadowBrook Farm, Green America, CCSJ Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Milwaukee, WI – CapCorps

Trying on a Post Grad Volunteer Program
While in Milwaukee, participants work with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Corps) whose focus is service, spirituality, social justice, and sustainable living in community. One highlight of service trips to Milwaukee is the chance to eat with the guests of St. Ben’s Community Meal. Students spend a day at Repairers of the Breach, a drop in center that is organized and run by people who use the services they provide. Students gain a deeper understanding of the environment and working at the Urban Ecology Center. As a new element to the immersion trips, students also have the opportunity to visit with Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights group that is working to bring about justice for immigrants. There is also an opportunity to see an alternative to the current economic system which emphasizes direct service to the poor while simultaneously challenging war and the violence of poverty by taking direct action. This is a great way for students to experience a Post-Grad Volunteer Program.

Relevant Websites: CapCorps, Repairers of the Breach, Voces de la Fontera, Growing Power, Inc., CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration/Refugees, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Montgomery, AL – Resurrection Catholic Missions

Resurrection Catholic Missions reaches out to the community around it. Some of the things that you may do here include working in Resurrection Catholic School (tutoring, P.E., reading, etc.), assisting with the Interfaith Community Outreach program (cleaning homes, yardwork, delivering meals), visiting the residents at a group home for several mentally and cognitively challenged adults. The trip also includes learning and discussing the role of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama Montgomery through tours to various sites such as Tuskegee Institute, Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Rosa Parks Museum, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s church and home and others. One evening is set aside for dinner with individuals who participated in the Civil Rights Movement as well as individuals who are active in addressing current social justice issues.

Relevant Websites: Resurrection Catholic Missions, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Morton, MS – EXCEL Community Center

The EXCEL program in Morton, MS provides tutoring in elementary and high schools, GED classes, adult on-going learning classes, computer classes, and a number of support groups for various interests. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in 3 locations outside of Jackson, MS. Many communities are very segregated with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities, as well as help in the tutoring program and the thrift shop run by EXCEL. The Morton community also works with immigrant integration programs such as ESL and teaching local business owners Spanish. Area poultry plants are a draw for new workers.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of St. Francis, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, Mississippi Chicken

New Orleans, LA – Duchesne House

Creighton students have been going on Service Trips to the Gulf Coast since 1997. There was a large interest in trips to New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and through a partnership with the St. Bernard Project, Creighton students are able to be a part of the rebuilding process. The ongoing rebuilding process is more than just providing houses for people, and by staying with the Duchesne House students will learn about the unseen effects that Katrina had on the city by engaging the issues of education, healthcare, poverty, and numerous other topics.  While staying at the Duchesne House students will have the opportunity to hear many individual stories from those that participated in the Civil Rights Movement.

Relevant Websites: Duchesne House, New Orleans Province Jesuit Social Ministries, Jesuit Social Research Institute

New Orleans, LA – House of Charity

A Charity Federation, Sisters and Daughters of Charity from all over the country, host this trip. Through a partnership with the House of Charity and St. Bernard’s Project, Creighton Students have been able to be a part of the rebuilding and restoration process in New Orleans. Service opportunities include general home repair and rebuilding, e.g. finishing drywall and mudding. The rebuilding process is more than just providing homes for people. Hearing personal stories gives students the opportunity to see the challenges that remain. Meeting the homeowners is a favorite part of this trip. The Sisters at the House of Charity provide a welcoming environment to help students process, reflect and serve during this trip.

Omaha, NE – Pixan Ixim/OneWorld

Pixan Ixim is a Guatemalan Mayan group in South Omaha who gathers weekly for prayer. They have formed a committee to work on adult education, human rights, and healthcare both in Omaha and in Guatemala. Come serve and learn with these eager adults as they share their history, culture and commitment to improve their community. Service may include tutoring English classes, GED; child care, homework club, and manual labor in and around the parish. During the week students will volunteer with the OneWorld Community Health Centers. This will include shadowing opportunities, much needed office projects and meeting with local health care professionals. Conversational Spanish is very helpful for this site.

Relevant Websites: OneWorld Omaha, Pixan Ixim, Jesuits on Migration and Immigration, Justice For Immigrants, Justice for Our Neighbors, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration

Sioux City, IA – Habitat for Humanity

Join this community to work on a Habitat Home in the city with the highest level of poverty in the State of Iowa. Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median income. In most cases, prospective Habitat homeowner families make a $500 down payment and contribute 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their home or someone else’s home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.

Relevant Websites: National Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN – White Violet Eco Center 

The Sisters of Providence at the White Violet Eco-Center (in Terre Haute, IN) introduce the principles of eco-justice and Providence Spirituality while engaging in service at and around Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, near Terre Haute, Indiana. The service sites will be at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (includes organically certified farmland, and gardens). There will also be maintenance in our organic gardens, assistance with daily alpaca care, work on our nature trail, working in landscaped areas near WVC buildings, and orchard maintenance. Participants will assist in annual cleaning tasks such as cleaning alpaca pens and fans, cleaning and putting up bluebird boxes, alpaca fiber program, recycling and biomass program, cleaning, or playing games with sisters in the memory loss unit.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, White Violet Alpacas, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Stroud, OK – Habitat for Humanity

More than Hammers and Nails
Do you know, or want to learn, how to build a house? Work with Stroud’s Habitat for Humanity chapter to build or prepare to build a home for a family in this warm Oklahoma community. “Habitat for Humanity benefits the community as much as it does individual families. Habitat homes are well built by community members and our home owners are proud and responsible neighbors.” This town is still in the process of rebuilding after an F-5 tornado hit in the late 90s which wiped out their economic centers.

Relevant Websites: National Habitat for Humanity, Stroud Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Wheeling, WV – Environmental Immersion

This environmental immersion through the Wheeling Appalachian Institute takes students throughout the state of West Virginia to learn about energy consumption and production, and its environmental and human costs. Students meet with both advocates and opponents for natural gas, coal, and wind energy that show both sides of a complicated issue. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to become immersed into the rich West Virginian culture and be awed by the natural beauty of this wonderful and frequently misunderstood state.

Relevant Websites: Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit, Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, ABLE Families, Creighton University Sustainability Council, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Wind River, WY – St. Stephen’s Indian Mission

Life and Education on a Reservation, The Native American Experience
Experience life on the Reservation through meeting tribal leaders, visiting the schools, light maintenance work seeing the beautiful nature of the reservation, and participating in cultural experiences such as a sweat lodge. You will also learn about the social issues. The area is poor, though, because of gas and oil royalties perhaps not as poverty stricken as some reservations. Addiction to alcohol and drugs and diabetes are the major health concerns on the reservation. The students will meet with the elders who will speak to them about the issues on the reservation. (From the St. Stephen’s Mission website: Most Arapaho are Catholic; most Shoshone who share the Wind River Reservation with them are Episcopal. We serve the Arapaho for the most part, who outnumber the Shoshone two to one. Each tribe has its own Business Council, comparable to a tribal council, and have some common agencies like the natural resources. Both Tribes have casinos, which, though providing jobs, cause social problems.)

Relevant Websites: St. Vincent de Paul Center, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Winnebago, NE – St. Augustine Indian Mission

Enjoy a nice drive an hour and a half north to a great experience with the Winnebago and Omaha tribe. You will be staying on the Winnebago reservation and engage with the local community as well as helping out in St. Augustine Mission school. You will gain an insight into the history of American Indians and learn about the cultures of the Winnebago and Omaha communities. Students will have a greater impact on the community through doing various physical labor tasks indoors and outdoors.You will also learn about the social issues including, poverty, education, and addiction. “Nestled in the rolling hills of the northeast corner of Nebraska is St. Augustine Indian Mission and School. St. Augustine Indian Mission has served the Native American people of the Winnebago and Omaha Tribes since 1909.Through the years it has touched the lives of thousands of Native American children and impacted the lives of their families.” – St. Augustine Mission website

Relevant Website: St. Augustine Indian Mission, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

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Spring Break 2013 Service & Justice Trips Host Site Descriptions

5 Day Trips

Omaha, NE – Siena/Francis House

Homelessness in Omaha: Getting to know our Neighbors
As with all our half week trips, this is definitely more of an immersion trip rather than a service trip. You are invited to experience the reality of homelessness and the care and advocacy offered right here in our own city. Live with the guests at our local community partner Siena/Francis House, which focuses on meeting basic needs and accompanying people along their recovery process. You will sleep in the shelter as the ministry of presence is the primary component of this trip. A lot of time will be spent hearing the stories of the guests there, many of whom are experiencing mental illness or addiction, in formal meetings, informal time spent in the day shelter, and during meals. This trip is the 2nd half of the week: March 14-18.
Relevant Website: Siena/Francis House, National Coalition for the Homeless, CCSJ alum reflects on her Siena/Francis House Service Trip, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Full Week Trips

Albuquerque, NM – St. Martin’s Hospitality Center

An experience of poverty in New Mexico
Students will be interacting daily with the homeless and extremely poor. There will be meetings with those who work on behalf of the poor, in addition to time with the poor themselves will open eyes to the poverty, injustice, and suffering in the area. St. Martin’s is a day shelter that serves 250-300 clients daily. We provide showers, clothing, storage, and a hot breakfast every day. In addition we have a full range of behavioral services, case management, job development, and client advocacy. Ideally the trip would be a homeless immersion similar to the Siena/Francis trip based out of St. Martins. Students could visit the other shelters in the area, converse and spend time with clients in the shelter and on the streets. Students will have the opportunity to visit Art Street, a local studio which is open to St. Martin’s clients.
Relevant Websites: Jesuit Volunteer Corps, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence

Chicago, IL – Poder Center & St. Procopius Parish

Latinos in Chicago – Integration, Contributions and Challenges
The Pilsen neighborhood on the near west side of Chicago is a vibrant Latino community. Your hosts will be the staff of the Poder Center (an English as a Second Language (ESL) and community center). The group lives and cooks its meals at the rectory of the Jesuit-run Catholic parish of St. Procopius. Service opportunities include tutoring adults at the Poder Center, tutoring children at St. Procopius elementary school, and serving at the parish soup kitchen and clothing depository. Groups learn about many local social justice issues and the local culture from a variety of experiences: talking with the youth group, eating dinner with parish families in their homes, touring the innovative and renowned Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and visiting the local Mexican Fine Arts Museum.
Relevant Websites: Poder Center, St. Procopius

Chicago, IL – Marillac Center (Daughters of Charity)

Marillac Center in Chicago
This site serves the underdeveloped and underserved areas on the west side of Chicago. Students will primarily be working with the African-American community and youth through an after school program, working at a day care, with a food bank, and with various agencies and programs. Students will travel on public transportation, and will leave Friday evening.
Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, Marillac Social Center, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – White Rose Catholic Worker House

Catholic Worker House in Chicago
The White Rose Catholic Worker serves in a number of different communities locally, nationally, and internationally.  Their local neighborhood, in Rogers Park, is one of the most diverse zip codes in the U.S. with over 80 languages represented and a high immigrant and refugee population. Generally, each day of the week volunteers take on a different issue of social concern and explore the alternatives that they are organizing for and living in the house including environmental sustainability, torture & war/nonviolence, capitalism/green economics, and poverty/hospitality.  There will be a series of educational and hands on experiences for each one. The White Rose Catholic Worker also has a farm, and students will mainly eat food grown on the farm to experience sustainable living.
Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement, To the Beat of a Different Drum, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Chicago, IL – Whipple House (Daughters of Charity) 

Diverse communities in Chicago.
This site primarily works with the Latino community in the underserved area of the west side of Chicago. Students work directly with the poor through tutoring and with various agencies and programs. Students will travel on public transportation, leaving Friday evening.
Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent De Paul Center, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Denver, CO – Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Variety of Direct Service in an Inner City
A staff of current volunteers and former volunteers of the Colorado Vincentian Volunteer (CVV) program are the hosts of the Denver group. CVVs service work includes, but is not limited to, education, emergency assistance, homeless assistance, job training, women’s services, and health services. The Denver area encompasses a diverse but economically poor community. Topics covered in Denver include homelessness, poverty, immigration, environmental issues, and more. Participants at this site sleep and cook meals at Casa Karibu, home of a Maryknoll Lay Missioner family who often hosts returned missioners on the first floor for ‘re-entry’ adjustment time. Social Justice and Catholic social thought ground the work of the volunteers in the CVV program and their reflections. The site participants go to a variety of sites throughout the week, performing various types of service and developing relationships with some of Denver’s finest.
Relevant Websites: Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, Casa Karibu Sze-Ming, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority, CCSJ Immigrants/Refugees Priority, CCSJ Sustainability/Environmental Justice Priority

Detroit, MI – Daughters of Charity

Daughters of Charity in Detroit
Students are invited to work with and learn from workers and guests at a local soup kitchen and adult education center. Detroit has one of the nation’s highest poverty and unemployment levels after many automobile factories closed. The Daughters of Charity that host the group will give an orientation of the community and spend time reflecting, sharing and eating with the group.
Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, Detroit Poverty, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

East St. Louis, IL – Hubbard House

Hubbard House in St. Louis
Hubbard House’s mission is to “serve those who serve” by providing housing and meals as needed for area volunteers. They provide a forum for discussing why there is poverty, why people continue to be poorer and why the “system” does not support the needs of the poor. There is a large focus on education and how it affects the cycle of poverty. Incorporated within this process are opportunities for advocacy and discussing systemic change, for example: What can you do about it?

Lincoln, NE – ShadowBrook Farm

Farm in Lincoln
See what it’s like to work on a farm for a week
. ShadowBrook Farm is a small, family-owned specialty vegetable farm. They are committed to organic farming practices and are devoted to being good stewards of our land. They want to help move towards a “regional food system” where food is sold directly to the consumer rather than traveling many miles to reach your plate. About 10 acres are devoted to growing certified organic specialty vegetables and herbs. They also plant about an acre of cut-flowers. Their goal is to plant green manure crops in a third of our vegetable ground annually.  They have a herd of dairy goats that are currently used for our own dairy needs. They are currently using four hoop-houses to extend our growing season. Using this system they are able to produce vegetables for ten months a year. Participants have the opportunity to make goat cheese and should expect to do work in the outdoors.
Relevant Website: ShadowBrook Farm, Green America, CCSJ Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Milwaukee, WI – CapCorps

Trying on a Post Grad Volunteer Program
While in Milwaukee, participants work with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Core) whose focus is service, spirituality, social justice, and sustainable living in community. One highlight of service trips to Milwaukee is the chance to eat with the guests of St. Ben’s Community Meal. Students spend a day at Repairers of the Breach, a drop in center that is organized and run by people who use the services they provide. As a new element to the immersion trips, students also have the opportunity to visit with Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights group that is working to bring about justice for immigrants.  Students will work with the Catholic workers living in the house and experience their daily life. This is a great way for students to experience a Post-Grad Volunteer Program.
Relevant Websites: CapCorps, Repairers of the Breach, Voces de la Frontera, Growing Power, Inc., CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority, CCSJ Immigrants/Refugees Justice Priority, CCSJ Sustainability/Economic Justice Priority

Minneapolis, MN – Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish in Minneapolis
You are invited to immerse yourself with the Ascension Parish and learn about the inner city and multiethnic neighborhoods. Visiting with different community and parish groups, students will hear the stories of immigrants, learn about hunger, visit shelters and food distribution centers. This trip will focus on cross-cultural understanding and dialogue rather than service work.
Relevant Website: Ascension Place, Visitation Ministry Blog, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority, CCSJ Immigrants/Refugees Priority

Minneapolis, MN – Advocacy Justice Trip

Experience and learn about confronting injustices through community organizing and policy advocacy.  SBSTers will meet with non-profit, religious, community, and government leaders in the Twin Cities who are creating more just communities, cities, and state through organizing, advocating, researching, and sharing stories of poverty and dignity in the public square.  Participants will stay at the St. Joseph Worker’s Joseph House in the Phillips Neighborhood in Minneapolis. A general knowledge of the policy-making process would be useful for this trip, but is not necessary.

Mobile, AL – Daughters of Charity

Daughters of Charity in Alabama
The students will be living and working with Catholic Service Center, a part of Catholic Charities and living with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Service will include engaging with people experiencing poverty, organizing a clothing store, and working in Bayou La Batre (a very poor area in the southern part of Mobile County that was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and is currently being affected by the gulf oil spill).
Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, Bayou La Batre, Alabama Local News, Oil Spill Blog, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Montgomery, AL – Resurrection Catholic Ministries

Resurrection Catholic Ministries in Montgomery
Resurrection Catholic Missions reaches out to the community around it. Some of the things that you may do here include working in Resurrection Catholic School (tutoring, P.E., reading, etc.), assisting with the interfaith Community Outreach program (cleaning homes, yard work, delivering meals), visiting the residents at a group home for several mentally and cognitively challenged adults. The trip also includes learning and discussing the role of the civil rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama through tours to various sites such as Tuskegee Institute, Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Rosa Parks Museum, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s church and home, an optional visit to MLK’s barber shop to meet MLK’s barber, and others. One evening is set aside for dinner with individuals who participated in the Civil Rights Movement as well as individuals who are active in addressing current social justice issues.
Relevant Websites: Resurrection Catholic Missions, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

New Orleans, LA – Duchesne House

Duchesne House in New Orleans
Creighton students have been going on Service Trips to the Gulf Coast since 1997. There was a large interest in trips to New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and through a partnership with the St. Bernard Project, Creighton Students have been able to be a part of the rebuilding process. The ongoning rebuilding process is more than just providing houses for people, and by staying with the Duchesne House students will learn about the unseen effects that Katrina had on the city by engaging the issues of education, healthcare, poverty, and numerous other topics.  While staying at the Duchesne House students will have the opportunity to hear many individual stories from those that participated in the Civil Rights Movement.
Relevant Websites: Duchesne House, New Orleans Province Jesuit Social Ministries, Jesuit Social Research Institute

Omaha, NE – One World Community Health Centers; Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim

Migrants, Immigrants, and Latinos in Omaha
Pixan Ixim is a Guatemalan Mayan group in South Omaha who gathers weekly for prayer. They have formed a committee to work on adult education, human rights, and healthcare both in Omaha and in Guatemala. Come serve and learn with these eager adults as they share their history, culture and commitment to improve their community. Service may include tutoring English classes, GED; child care, homework club, and manual labor in and around the parish. During the week students will volunteer with the OneWorld Community Health Centers. This will include shadowing opportunities, much needed office projects and meeting with local health care professionals. Conversational Spanish is very helpful for this site.
Relevant Websites: OneWorld Omaha, Pixan Ixim, Jesuits on Migration and Immigration, Justice for Immigrants, Justice for Our Neighbors, CCSJ Immigrants/Refugees Justice Priority

Sioux City, IA – Habitat for Humanity

Habitat in Sioux City
Join this community to work on a Habitat Home, with the families and other volunteers, in the city with the highest level of poverty in the State of Iowa. Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median income. In most cases, prospective Habitat homeowner families make a $500 down payment and contribute 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their home or someone else’s home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.  This trip also provides the opportunity to visit the Boys & Girls Club.
Relevant Websites: National Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Stroud, OK – Habitat for Humanity

More than Hammers and Nails
Do you know, or want to learn, how to build a house? Work with Stroud’s Habitat for Humanity chapter to build or prepare to build a home for a family in this warm Oklahoma community. “Habitat for Humanity benefits the community as much as it does individual families. Habitat homes are well built by community members and our home owners are proud and responsible neighbors.” This town is still in the process of rebuilding after an F-5 tornado hit in the late 90s which wiped out their economic centers.
Relevant Website: National Habitat for Humanity, Stroud Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Wind River, WY – St. Stephen’s Mission

Life and Education on a Reservation, The Native American Experience
Experience life on the Reservation through meeting tribal leaders, visiting the schools, yard work, and participating in cultural experiences such as a sweat lodge. You will also learn about the social issues. The area is poor, though, because of gas and oil royalties perhaps not as poverty stricken as some reservations. Addiction to alcohol and drugs and diabetes are the major health concerns on the reservation. The students will meet with the elders who will speak to them about the issues on the reservation. From the St. Stephen’s Mission website: Most Arapaho are Catholic; most Shoshone who share the Wind River Reservation with them are Episcopal. We serve the Arapaho for the most part, who outnumber the Shoshone two to one. Each tribe has its own Business Council, comparable to a tribal council, and have some common agencies like the natural resources. Both Tribes have casinos, which, though providing jobs, cause social problems.
Relevant Websites: St. Vincent de Paul Center, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Winnebago, NE – St. Augustine Mission

A week on the Winnebago Reservation
Enjoy a nice drive an hour and a half north to a great experience with the Winnebago and Omaha tribe. You will be staying on the Winnebago reservation and engage with the local community as well as helping out in St. Augustine Mission school. You will gain an insight into the history of American Indians and learn about the cultures of the Winnebago and Omaha communities. You will also learn about the social issues including, poverty, education, and addiction. “Nestled in the rolling hills of the northeast corner of Nebraska is St. Augustine Indian Mission and School. St. Augustine Indian Mission has served the Native American people of the Winnebago and Omaha Tribes since 1909.Through the years it has touched the lives of thousands of Native American children and impacted the lives of their families.” – St. Augustine Mission website.
Relevant Website: St. Augustine Indian Mission, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

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Fall Break 2012 Host Site Descriptions

5 Day Trips

Omaha, NE – Siena/Francis House

Homelessness in Omaha: Getting to Know Our Neighbors
As with all our half week trips, this is definitely more of an immersion rather than a service trip. You are invited to experience the realities of homelessness and the care and advocacy offered right here in our own city. Live with the guests at our local community partner Siena/Francis House, which focuses on meeting basic needs and accompanying people along their recovery process. You will also sleep in the shelter. Ministry of presence is the primary component of this trip. A lot of time will be spent hearing the stories of the guests there, many of whom are experiencing mental illness or addiction, in formal meetings and informal time spent in the day shelter and during meals.

Relevant Website: Siena/Francis House, National Coalition for the Homeless, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Omaha, NE – Sustainability

Sustainability in Omaha: Uncovering Inconvenient Truths in Omaha
This five-day seminar exposes the participants to five different aspects of sustainability in Omaha: transportation, water, food, energy, and waste/recycling. Students will engage these topics through integrating hands-on experience with education by experts in the field of sustainability. Students will attempt to live sustainably during the seminar by walking, using public transportation, eating locally/seasonally/organically, reducing our use of water and energy through conservation, and creating little waste; (This may mean not eating meat). This sustainability seminar seeks to educate and engage Creighton students about these issues in order that we might begin to create a more sustainable community here at Creighton and beyond.

Relevant Websites: City Sprouts, Creighton University Sustainability Council, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Full Week Trips

Albuquerque, NM – St. Martin’s Hospitality Center

Students will be interacting daily with the homeless and extremely poor. There will be meetings with those who work on behalf of the poor, in addition to time with the poor themselves will open eyes to the poverty, injustice, and suffering in the area. St. Martin’s is a day shelter that serves 250-300 clients daily. We provide showers, clothing, storage, and a hot breakfast every day. In addition we have a full range of behavioral services, case management, job development, and client advocacy. Ideally the trip would be a homeless immersion similar to the Siena/Francis trip based out of St. Martins. Students could visit the other shelters in the area, converse and spend time with clients in the shelter and on the streets. Students will have the opportunity to visit Art Street, a local studio which is open to St. Martin’s clients.

Relevant Websites: Jesuit Volunteer Corps, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence

Albuquerque, NM – Trinity House Catholic Worker House

Defense Industry, Sustainability and Homelessness, Can you Dig it?
The Trinity Catholic Worker House is located in a rural, agricultural area, near the middle of Albuquerque, which is about as big as Omaha. The neighborhood of the Catholic Worker has recent immigrants as well as established families; the area has opulence and poverty existing side-by-side. The nuclear weapons industry has record budgets, but it is scrutinized by a small but determined group of abolitionists. The goals of the Catholic Worker community in Albuquerque are offering relief for those hurt by capitalism and abolishing nuclear weapons. The Trinity Catholic Worker is a house of hospitality which offers food, showers, and laundry services to families experiencing homeless in the community. A central component of the Trinity House family is simplicity. The House asks for service of manual labor and accompaniment–being with your guests and speakers. (This community has a few cats, if you have allergies/dislikes.)

Relevant Websites: Trinity House Catholic Worker, Catholic Worker Movement, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Calhoun City, MS – EXCEL Community Center

The EXCEL program in Calhoun City, MS provides tutoring. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in Okolona, Calhoun City and Morton MS which are still very segregated communities with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities, as well as help in the tutoring program and the local elementary school. The Sisters of St. Francis from Dubuque have launched and continue to sustain these centers.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of St. Francis, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – Pilsen Poder Center 

Latinos in Chicago – Integration, Contributions and Challenges
The Pilsen neighborhood on the near west side of Chicago is a vibrant Latino community. Your hosts will be the staff of the Poder Center (an English as a Second Language (ESL) and community center). The group lives and cooks its meals at the rectory of the Jesuit-run Catholic parish of St. Procopius. Service opportunities include tutoring adults at the Poder Center, tutoring children at St. Procopius elementary school, and serving at the parish soup kitchen and clothing depository. Groups learn about many local social justice issues and the local culture from a variety of experiences: talking with the youth group, eating dinner with parish families in their homes, touring the innovative and renowned Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and visiting the local Mexican Fine Arts Museum.

Relevant Websites: Poder Center, St. Procopius

Chicago, IL – Su Casa Catholic Worker House

The Su Casa Catholic Worker is located on the South Side of Chicago. It has a mission of hospitality, community, and service. Su Casa works mostly with Spanish-speaking families that are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers help around the house, sort food and clothing donations, tutor children, provide childcare, and share in community dinners. Students will also have the opportunity to work in the Food Depository. Travel by public transportation to and from site will be used. Flexibility and openness to communal sharing is key.

Relevant Websites: Su Casa Catholic Worker, Catholic Worker Movement, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – White Rose Catholic Worker House

The White Rose Catholic Worker serves in a number of different communities locally, nationally, and internationally.  Their local neighborhood, in Rogers Park, is one of the most diverse zip codes in the U.S. with over 80 languages represented and a high immigrant and refugee population. Generally, each day of the week volunteers take on a different issue of social concern and explore the alternatives that they are organizing for and living in the house including environmental sustainability, torture & war/nonviolence, capitalism/green economics, and poverty/hospitality.  There will be a series of educational and hands on experiences for each one. The White Rose Catholic Worker also has a farm, and students will mainly eat food grown on the farm to experience sustainable living.

Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement, To the Beat of a Different Drum, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Clinton, IA – The Joy of Communal Living at L’Arche

Students will be traveling to Clinton to live in a L’Arche community. L’Arche communities are homes for Core Members who have intellectual disabilities and their Assistants who work and live with them. Students will be sharing in community life and get to know the Core Members and Assistants and help with the day to day operations of the houses, such as getting ready in the morning, doing chores around the homes during the day, helping to prepare dinner, and evening activities. The L’Arche mission is to create homes of welcome, to appreciate the unique gifts of each person and to respond to each one’s needs.

East St. Louis, IL – Hubbard House

Hubbard House’s mission is to “serve those who serve” by providing housing and meals as needed for area volunteers. They provide a forum for discussing why there is poverty, why people continue to be poorer and why the “system” does not support the needs of the poor. There is a large focus on education and how it affects the cycle of poverty. Incorporated within this process are opportunities for advocacy and discussing systemic change, for example: What can you do about it?

El Paso, TX – Annunciation House

The objective of the Border Awareness Experience at the Annunciation House is to facilitate face to face meetings and encounters between participants and people and groups on both sides of the Border. It intends to raise consciousness in the ‘first world’ about the issues facing the peoples of the ‘third world’ and the effects of unjust economic policies on their lives. It is an opportunity to listen to different perspectives and opinions about issues such as immigration, economic development, human rights, and social justice. It seeks put a face on the immigrant, the factory worker, the refugee, and the Border Patrol Agent.

El Paso, TX – Columban Border Immersion

The Missionary Society of St. Columban Office of Advocacy and Outreach will host this border immersion. The service of presence will be the focus of this trip – hearing peoples’ stories and accompanying them. You will talk with community members about the pressures, challenges and joys of living and working along the border; additionally, learning about the violence in Juarez and the challenges of immigration, migration, land rights, economics, and sustainability. Fr. Bill has been refurbishing the home where you will be staying and working on a community garden in the area. Although you will not be crossing the border, it is a good idea to have a valid United States ID and a passport with you.

Relevant Websites: Columban Advocacy & Outreach, Justice for Immigrants, Jesuit Conference on Migration & Immigration, Video about Lomas del Poleo Land Dispute, CCSJ Immigrants/Refugees Justice Priority

Milwaukee, WI – CapCorps

Trying on a Post Grad Volunteer Program
While in Milwaukee, participants work with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Core) whose focus is service, spirituality, social justice, and sustainable living in community. One highlight of service trips to Milwaukee is the chance to eat with the guests of St. Ben’s Community Meal. Students spend a day at Repairers of the Breach, a drop in center that is organized and run by people who use the services they provide. As a new element to the immersion trips, students also have the opportunity to visit with Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights group that is working to bring about justice for immigrants. There is also an opportunity to see an alternative to the current economic system which emphasizes direct service to the poor while simultaneously challenging war and the violence of poverty by taking direct action. This is a great way for students to experience a Post-Grad Volunteer Program.

Relevant Websites: CapCorps, Repairers of the Breach, Voces de la Fontera, Growing Power, Inc., CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration/Refugees, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Montgomery, AL – Resurrection Catholic Missions

Resurrection Catholic Missions reaches out to the community around it. Some of the things that you may do here include working in Resurrection Catholic School (tutoring, P.E., reading, etc.), assisting with the Interfaith Community Outreach program (cleaning homes, yardwork, delivering meals), visiting the residents at a group home for several mentally and cognitively challenged adults. The trip also includes learning and discussing the role of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama Montgomery through tours to various sites such as Tuskegee Institute, Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Rosa Parks Museum, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s church and home and others. One evening is set aside for dinner with individuals who participated in the Civil Rights Movement as well as individuals who are active in addressing current social justice issues.

Relevant Websites: Resurrection Catholic Missions, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Morton, MS – EXCEL Community Center

The EXCEL program in Morton, MS provides tutoring in elementary and high schools, GED classes, adult on-going learning classes, computer classes, and a number of support groups for various interests. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in 3 locations outside of Jackson, MS. Many communities are very segregated with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities, as well as help in the tutoring program and the thrift shop run by EXCEL. The Morton community also works with immigrant integration programs such as ESL and teaching local business owners Spanish. Area poultry plants are a draw for new workers.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of St. Francis, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, Mississippi Chicken

New Orleans, LA – Duchesne House

Creighton students have been going on Service Trips to the Gulf Coast since 1997. There was a large interest in trips to New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and through a partnership with Catholic Charities Operation Helping Hands, Creighton Students have been able to be a part of the rebuilding process. The rebuilding process is more than just providing houses for people, and by staying with the Duchesne House students will learn about the unseen effects that Katrina had on the city by engaging the issues of education, healthcare, poverty, and numerous other topics.

Relevant Websites: Duchesne House, New Orleans Province Jesuit Social Ministries, Jesuit Social Research Institute

New Orleans, LA – House of Charity

A Charity Federation, Sisters and Daughters of Charity from all over the country, host this trip. Through a partnership with the House of Charity and St. Bernard’s Project, Creighton Students have been able to be a part of the rebuilding and restoration process in New Orleans. Service opportunities include general home repair and rebuilding, e.g. finishing drywall and mudding. The rebuilding process is more than just providing homes for people. Hearing personal stories gives students the opportunity to see the challenges that remain. Meeting the homeowners is a favorite part of this trip. The Sisters at the House of Charity provide a welcoming environment to help students process, reflect and serve during this trip.

Okolona, MS – EXCEL Community Center

The EXCEL program in Okolona, MS provides tutoring, GED classes, adult on-going learning classes, computer classes, and a number of support groups for various interests. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in Okolona, which is still a very segregated community with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities, as well as help in the tutoring program and the thrift shop run by EXCEL.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of St. Francis, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Omaha, NE – Pixan Ixim/OneWorld

Pixan Ixim is a Guatemalan Mayan group in South Omaha who gathers weekly for prayer. They have formed a committee to work on adult education, human rights, and healthcare both in Omaha and in Guatemala. Come serve and learn with these eager adults as they share their history, culture and commitment to improve their community. Service may include tutoring English classes, GED; child care, homework club, and manual labor in and around the parish. During the week students will volunteer with the OneWorld Community Health Centers. This will include shadowing opportunities, much needed office projects and meeting with local health care professionals. Conversational Spanish is very helpful for this site.

Relevant Websites: OneWorld Omaha, Pixan Ixim, Jesuits on Migration and Immigration, Justice For Immigrants, Justice for Our Neighbors, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration

Sioux City, IA – Habitat for Humanity

Join this community to work on a Habitat Home in the city with the highest level of poverty in the State of Iowa. Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median income. In most cases, prospective Habitat homeowner families make a $500 down payment and contribute 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their home or someone else’s home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.

Relevant Websites: National Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN – White Violet Eco Center 

The Sisters of Providence at the White Violet Eco-Center (in Terre Haute, IN) introduce the principles of eco-justice and Providence Spirituality while engaging in service at and around Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, near Terre Haute, Indiana. The service sites will be at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (includes organically certified farmland, and gardens). There will also be maintenance in our organic gardens, assistance with daily alpaca care, work on our nature trail, working in landscaped areas near WVC buildings, and orchard maintenance. Participants will assist in annual cleaning tasks such as cleaning alpaca pens and fans, cleaning and putting up bluebird boxes, alpaca fiber program, recycling and biomass program, cleaning, or playing games with sisters in the memory loss unit.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, White Violet Alpacas, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Stroud, OK – Habitat for Humanity

More than Hammers and Nails
Do you know, or want to learn, how to build a house? Work with Stroud’s Habitat for Humanity chapter to build or prepare to build a home for a family in this warm Oklahoma community. “Habitat for Humanity benefits the community as much as it does individual families. Habitat homes are well built by community members and our home owners are proud and responsible neighbors.” This town is still in the process of rebuilding after an F-5 tornado hit in the late 90s which wiped out their economic centers.

Relevant Websites: National Habitat for Humanity, Stroud Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Wheeling, WV – Environmental Immersion

This environmental immersion through the Wheeling Appalachian Institute takes students throughout the state of West Virginia to learn about energy consumption and production, and its environmental and human costs. Students meet with both advocates and opponents for natural gas, coal, and wind energy that show both sides of a complicated issue. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to become immersed into the rich West Virginian culture and be awed by the natural beauty of this wonderful and frequently misunderstood state.

Relevant Websites: Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit, Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, ABLE Families, Creighton University Sustainability Council, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Wind River, WY – St. Stephen’s Indian Mission

Life and Education on a Reservation, The Native American Experience
Experience life on the Reservation through meeting tribal leaders, visiting the schools, light maintenance work seeing the beautiful nature of the reservation, and participating in cultural experiences such as a sweat lodge. You will also learn about the social issues. The area is poor, though, because of gas and oil royalties perhaps not as poverty stricken as some reservations. Addiction to alcohol and drugs and diabetes are the major health concerns on the reservation. The students will meet with the elders who will speak to them about the issues on the reservation. (From the St. Stephen’s Mission website: Most Arapaho are Catholic; most Shoshone who share the Wind River Reservation with them are Episcopal. We serve the Arapaho for the most part, who outnumber the Shoshone two to one. Each tribe has its own Business Council, comparable to a tribal council, and have some common agencies like the natural resources. Both Tribes have casinos, which, though providing jobs, cause social problems.)

Relevant Websites: St. Vincent de Paul Center, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Winnebago, NE – St. Augustine Indian Mission

Enjoy a nice drive an hour and a half north to a great experience with the Winnebago and Omaha tribe. You will be staying on the Winnebago reservation and engage with the local community as well as helping out in St. Augustine Mission school. You will gain an insight into the history of American Indians and learn about the cultures of the Winnebago and Omaha communities. You will also learn about the social issues including, poverty, education, and addiction. “Nestled in the rolling hills of the northeast corner of Nebraska is St. Augustine Indian Mission and School. St. Augustine Indian Mission has served the Native American people of the Winnebago and Omaha Tribes since 1909.Through the years it has touched the lives of thousands of Native American children and impacted the lives of their families.” – St. Augustine Mission website

Relevant Website: St. Augustine Indian Mission, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

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Spring Break 2012 Host Site Descriptions

5 Day Trips

Omaha, NE – Siena Francis House (Tuesday-Saturday)

Homelessness in Omaha: Getting to Know Our Neighbors
As with all our half week trips, this is most definitely an immersion rather than a service trip. You are invited to experience the realities of homelessness and the care and advocacy offered right here in our own city. Live with the guests at our local community partner Siena/Francis House, which focuses on meeting basic needs and accompanying people along their recovery process. Ministry of presence is the primary component of this trip. A lot of time will be spent hearing the stories of the guests there in formal meetings and informal time spent in the day shelter and during meals. This trip is the 2nd half of the week, March 6-10 (Tuesday-Saturday).

Relevant Website: Siena/Francis House, National Coalition for the Homeless, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

1 of 2 Saturday-Wednesday Trips:

Omaha, NE – Sustainability

Sustainability in Omaha: Uncovering Inconvenient Truths in Omaha
This five-day seminar exposes the participants to five different aspects of sustainability in Omaha: transportation, water, food, energy, and waste/recycling. Students will engage these topics through integrating hands-on experience with education by experts in the field of sustainability. Students will attempt to live sustainably during the seminar by walking, using public transportation, eating locally/seasonally/organically, reducing our use of water and energy through conservation, and creating little waste; (This may mean no showers for the week, not eating meat). This sustainability seminar seeks to educate and engage Creighton students about these issues in order that we might begin to create a more sustainable community here at Creighton and beyond.

Relevant Websites: City Sprouts, Creighton University Sustainability Council, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

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Omaha, NE – North Omaha

This will be a 5 day, Sunday-Thursday, local immersion working with local community partners to learn about racial justice movements of the past and present. Students will learn about the history of the Near North side and hear from organizers working on economic development, job training, alternatives to violence, and maintaining the rich jazz history of the region. To start, or continue, your learning you can watch the documentary Street of Dreams.

Relevant Websites: Gesu Housing Inc., Empowerment Network, Family Housing Advisory Services Inc., CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence

 

Full Week Trips

Albuquerque, NM – Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Students will be interacting daily with the homeless and extremely poor. There will be meetings with case managers and client advocates, those who work on behalf of the poor, in addition to time with the poor them shelves will open eyes to the poverty, injustice, and suffering in the area. St. Martin’s is a day shelter that serves 250-300 clients daily. We provide showers, clothing, storage, and a hot breakfast every day. In addition we have a full range of behavioral services, case management, job development, and client advocacy. Ideally the trip would be a homeless immersion similar to the Siena/Francis trip based out of St. Martins. Students could visit the other shelters in the area, converse and spend time with clients in the shelter and on the streets.

Relevant Websites: Jesuit Volunteer Corps, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence

Albuquerque, NM – Trinity House Catholic Worker House

Defense Industry, Sustainability and Homelessness, Can you Dig it?
The Trinity Catholic Worker House is located in a rural, agricultural area, near the middle of Albuquerque, which is about as big as Omaha. The neighborhood of the Catholic Worker has recent immigrants as well as established families; the area has opulence and poverty existing side-by-side. The nuclear weapons industry has record budgets, but it is scrutinized by a small but determined group of abolitionists. The goals of the Catholic Worker community in Albuquerque are offering relief for those hurt by capitalism and abolishing nuclear weapons. The Trinity Catholic Worker is a house of hospitality which offers food, showers, and laundry services to families experiencing homeless in the community. Central components of the Trinity House family are simplicity and organic farming. The House asks for service of manual labor and accompaniment–being with your guests and speakers. (This community has a few cats, if you have allergies/dislikes.)

Relevant Websites: Trinity House Catholic Worker, Catholic Worker Movement, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Chicago, IL – Marillac House (Daughters of Charity)

Get to know diverse communities in Chicago.
This site serves the underdeveloped and underserved areas on the west side of Chicago. Students will primarily be working with the African-American community and youth through tutoring, working at a day care, and with various agencies and programs. Students will travel on public transportation, leaving Friday evening.

Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, Marillac Social Center, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – Su Casa Catholic Worker House

The Su Casa Catholic Worker is located on the South Side of Chicago. It has a mission of hospitality, community, and service. Su Casa works mostly with Spanish-speaking families that are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers help around the house, tutor children, and share in community dinners.

Relevant Websites: Su Casa Catholic Worker, Catholic Worker Movement, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – Whipple House (Daughters of Charity) 

Get to know diverse communities in Chicago.
This site primarily works with the Latino community in the underserved area of the west side of Chicago. Students work directly with the poor through tutoring and with various agencies and programs. Students will travel on public transportation, leaving Friday evening.

Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent De Paul Center, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Chicago, IL – White Rose Catholic Worker House

The White Rose Catholic Worker serves in a number of different communities locally, nationally, and internationally.  Their local neighborhood, in Rogers Park, is one of the most diverse zip codes in the U.S. with over 80 languages represented and a high immigrant and refugee population. Generally, each day of the week volunteers take on a different issue of social concern and explore the alternatives that they are organizing for and living in the house including environmental sustainability, torture & war/nonviolence, capitalism/green economics, and poverty/hospitality.  There will be a series of educational and hands on experiences for each one.

Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement, To the Beat of a Different Drum, Poverty in Chicago, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Peace/Nonviolence, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Cleveland, OH – Whitman Catholic Worker House

Gentrification, Homelessness and Resistance The Whitman House offers a week-long socioeconomic immersion experience in Cleveland, in the Ohio City neighborhood. Students live as part of the Catholic Worker community, as well as part of the larger neighborhood community that is diverse economically, racially, and socially. The experience includes volunteering with many different social services in the area including meal programs and getting to know the neighborhood and understanding its socioeconomic circumstances, especially the changes brought by gentrification in recent years.

Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement, History of Ohio City, Cleveland, Poverty in Cleveland, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Denver, CO – Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Variety of Direct Service in an Inner City
A staff of current volunteers and former volunteers of the Colorado Vincentian Volunteer (CVV) program are the hosts of the Denver group. CVVs service work includes, but is not limited to, education, emergency assistance, homeless assistance, job training, women’s services, and health services. The Denver area encompasses a diverse but economically poor community. Topics covered in Denver include homelessness, poverty, immigration, environmental issues, and more. Participants at this site sleep and cook meals at Casa Karibu, home of a Maryknoll Lay Missioner family who often hosts returned missioners on the first floor for ‘re-entry’ adjustment time. Social Justice and Catholic social thought ground the work of the volunteers in the CVV program and their reflections. The site participants go to a variety of sites throughout the week, performing various types of service and developing relationships with some of Denver’s finest.

Relevant Websites: Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, Casa Karibu Sze-Ming, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration

Detroit, MI – House of Providence (Daughters of Charity)

Students are invited to work with and learn from workers and guests at a local soup kitchen and adult education center. Detroit has one of the nation’s highest poverty and unemployment levels after many automobile factories closed. The Daughters of Charity that host the group will give an orientation of the community and spend time reflecting, sharing and eating with the group.

Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, Poverty in Detroit, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Lincoln, NE – ShadowBrook Farm

See what it’s like to work on a farm for a week. 
ShadowBrook Farm is a small, family-owned specialty vegetable farm. We are committed to sustainable farming practices and are devoted to being good stewards of our land. We want to help move towards a “regional food system” where food is sold directly to the consumer rather than traveling many miles to reach your plate. About 10 acres are devoted to growing certified organic specialty vegetables and herbs. We also plant about an acre of cut-flowers. Our goal is to plant green manure crops in a third of our vegetable ground annually. We are using grass-based beef cows as part of our rotation. We have a herd of dairy goats that are currently used for our own dairy needs. We are currently using four hoop-houses to extend our growing season. Using this system we are able to produce vegetables for ten months a year. Participants have the opportunity to make goat cheese and should expect to do work in the outdoors.

Relevant Websites: ShadowBrook Farm, Green America, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Milwaukee, WI – CapCorps

Trying on a Post Grad Volunteer Program
While in Milwaukee, participants work with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Core) whose focus is service, spirituality, social justice, and sustainable living in community. One highlight of service trips to Milwaukee is the chance to eat with the guests of St. Ben’s Community Meal. Students spend a day at Repairers of the Breach, a drop in center that is organized and run by people who use the services they provide. As a new element to the immersion trips, students also have the opportunity to visit with Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights group that is working to bring about justice for immigrants. There is also an opportunity to see an alternative to the current economic system which emphasizes direct service to the poor while simultaneously challenging war and the violence of poverty by taking direct action. This is a great way for students to experience a Post-Grad Volunteer Program.

Relevant Websites: CapCorps, Repairers of the Breach, Voces de la Fontera, Growing Power, Inc., CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration/Refugees, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Minneapolis, MN – Ascension Parish

You are invited to immerse yourself with the Ascension Parish and learn about the inner city and multiethnic neighborhoods. Visiting with different community and parish groups, students will hear the stories of immigrants, learn about hunger, visit shelters and food distribution centers. This trip will focus on cross-cultural understanding and dialogue rather than service work.

Relevant Websites: Ascension Place, Inc., Visitation Ministry Blog, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration/Refugees, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Mobile, AL – Catholic Service Center (Daughters of Charity)

The students will be living and working with Catholic Service Center, a part of Catholic Charities and living with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Service will include engaging with people experiencing poverty, organizing a clothing store, and working in Bayou La Batre (a very poor area in the southern part of Mobile County that was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and is currently being affected by the gulf oil spill).

Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, Bayou La Batre, Alabama Local News, Oil Spill Blog, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Montgomery, AL – Resurrection Catholic Missions

Resurrection Catholic Missions reaches out to the community around it. Some of the things that you may do here include working in Resurrection Catholic School (tutoring, P.E., reading, etc.), assisting with the elderly outreach program, or gardening. The trip will also include learning and discussing the role of the civil rights in Montgomery.

Relevant Websites: Resurrection Catholic Missions, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Morton, MS – EXCEL Community Center

The EXCEL program in Morton, MS provides tutoring, GED classes, adult on-going learning classes, computer classes, and a number of support groups for various interests. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in 3 locations outside of Jackson, MS. Many communities are very segregated with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities, as well as help in the tutoring program and the thrift shop run by EXCEL. The Morton community also works with immigrant integration programs such as ESL and teaching local business owners Spanish. Area poultry plants are a draw for new workers.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of St. Francis, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice, Mississippi Chicken

Omaha, NE – Pixan Ixim/OneWorld

Pixan Ixim is a Guatemalan Mayan group in South Omaha who gathers weekly for prayer. They have formed a committee to work on adult education, human rights, and healthcare both in Omaha and in Guatemala. Come serve and learn with these eager adults as they share their history, culture and commitment to improve their community. Service may include tutoring English classes, GED; child care, homework club, and manual labor in and around the parish. During the week students will volunteer with the OneWorld Community Health Centers. This will include shadowing opportunities, much needed office projects and meeting with local health care professionals. Conversational Spanish is very helpful for this site.

Relevant Websites: OneWorld Omaha, Pixan Ixim, Jesuits on Migration and Immigration, Justice For Immigrants, Justice for Our Neighbors, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Migration

Okolona, MS – EXCEL Community Center

The EXCEL program in Okolona, MS provides tutoring, GED classes, adult on-going learning classes, computer classes, and a number of support groups for various interests. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in Okolona, which is still a very segregated community with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities, as well as help in the tutoring program and the thrift shop run by EXCEL.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of St. Francis, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN – White Violet Eco Center 

The Sisters of Providence at the White Violet Eco-Center (in Terre Haute, IN) introduce the principles of eco-justice and Providence Spirituality while engaging in service at and around Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, near Terre Haute, Indiana. The service sites will alternate between the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (includes organically certified farmland, orchards and gardens), Catholic Charities and St. Ann Clinic. There will also be maintenance in our organic gardens, assistance with daily alpaca care, work on our nature trail, working in landscaped areas near WVC buildings, and orchard maintenance. Participants will assist in annual cleaning tasks such as cleaning alpaca pens and fans, cleaning and putting up bluebird boxes, alpaca fiber program, recycling and biomass program, cleaning, or playing games with sisters in the memory loss unit.

Relevant Websites: Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, White Violet Alpacas, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice

Stroud, OK – Habitat for Humanity

More than Hammers and Nails
Do you know, or want to learn, how to build a house? Work with Stroud’s Habitat for Humanity chapter to build or prepare to build a home for a family in this warm Oklahoma community. “Habitat for Humanity benefits the community as much as it does individual families. Habitat homes are well built by community members and our home owners are proud and responsible neighbors.” This town is still in the process of rebuilding after an F-5 tornado hit in the late 90s which wiped out their economic centers.

Relevant Websites: National Habitat for Humanity, Stroud Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Wind River, WY – St. Stephen’s Indian Mission

Life and Education on a Reservation, The Native American Experience
Experience life on the Reservation through meeting tribal leaders, visiting the schools, and participating in cultural experiences such as a sweat lodge. You will also learn about the social issues. The area is poor, though, because of gas and oil royalties perhaps not as poverty stricken as some reservations. Addiction to alcohol and drugs and diabetes are the major health concerns on the reservation. The students will meet with the elders who will speak to them about the issues on the reservation. From the St. Stephen’s Mission website: Most Arapaho are Catholic; most Shoshone who share the Wind River Reservation with them are Episcopal. We serve the Arapaho for the most part, who outnumber the Shoshone two to one. Each tribe has its own Business Council, comparable to a tribal council, and have some common agencies like the natural resources. Both Tribes have casinos, which, though providing jobs, cause social problems.

Relevant Websites: St. Vincent de Paul Center, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

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Fall Break 2011 Host Site Map

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Fall Break 2011 Host Site Descriptions

5 Day Trips

North Omaha – Community Immersion

This will be a 5 day, Sunday-Thursday, local immersion working with local community partners to learn about racial justice movements of the past and present. Students will learn about the history of the Near North side and hear from organizers working on economic development, job training, alternatives to violence, and maintaining the rich jazz history of the region. To start or continue your learning, you can watch the documentary Street of Dreams.
Relevant Websites: Gesu Housing, Empowerment Network, Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc, Empower Omaha! Empowerment Network, CCSJ Peace/Nonviolence Justice Priority

Omaha, NE – Solidarity with Workers
Oct. 16th 10 am to Oct. 20th 11 pm

This service trip will expose participants to workers, organizers, advocates, and faith-allies in our local community. Participants will be exposed to the history of religious support for unions and learn about some of the sources of the tensions erupting around the country. A special emphasis will be on meatpacking and immigrant workers. A workshop for immigrant workers will be one service opportunity where students can share and learn in an interactive format and discuss rights long fought for by generations past. Follow-up participation in national Food Day activities (October 24) may be an optional outcome.

Full Week Trips

Chicago, IL – Pilsen Poder Center

The Pilsen neighborhood on the near west side of Chicago is a vibrant Latino community. Your hosts will be the staff of the Poder Center (an English as a Second Language (ESL) and community center). Your group will live and cook its meals at the rectory of the Jesuit-run Catholic parish of St. Procopius. Service opportunities may include tutoring adults at the Poder Center, tutoring children (especially in dual language programs), and serving at the parish soup kitchen and clothing depository. Groups learn about many local social justice issues (Gentrification and immigration among others) and the local culture from a variety of experiences: talking with the youth group, touring the innovative and renowned Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and visiting the local Mexican Fine Arts Museum.

Relevant Websites: Poder Center, St. Procopius

Chicago, IL – Su Casa Catholic Worker House

The Su Casa Catholic Worker is located on the South Side of Chicago. It has a mission of hospitality, community, and service. Su Casa works mostly with Spanish-speaking families that are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers help around the house, tutor children, and share in community dinners.

Relevant Website: Catholic Worker Movement

Cleveland, OH – Whitman Catholic Worker

Gentrification, Homelessness and Resistance The Whitman House offers a week-long socioeconomic immersion experience in Cleveland, in the Ohio City neighborhood. Students live as part of the Catholic Worker community, as well as part of the larger neighborhood community that is diverse economically, racially, and socially. The experience includes volunteering with many different social services in the area including meal programs and getting to know the neighborhood and understanding its socioeconomic circumstances, especially the changes brought by gentrification in recent years.

Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement, History of Ohio City, Cleveland, Poverty in Cleveland, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Clinton, IA – The Joy of Communal Living at L’Arche

Students will be traveling to Clinton to live in a L’Arche community. L’Arche communities are homes for Core Members who have mental handicaps and their Assistants who work and live with them. Students will be sharing in community life and get to know the Core Members and Assistants and help with the day to day operations of the houses, such as getting ready in the morning, doing chores around the homes during the day, helping to prepare dinner, and evening activities. The L’Arche mission is to create homes of welcome, to appreciate the unique gifts of each person and to respond to each one’s needs.

East St. Louis, IL – Hubbard House

Hubbard House’s mission is to “serve those who serve” by providing housing and meals as needed for area volunteers. They advocate on behalf and with those whom they serve. They provide a forum for discussing why there is poverty, why people continue to be poorer and why the “system” does not support the needs of the poor. Incorporated within this process are opportunities for advocacy and discussing systemic change, for example: What can you do about it?

El Paso, TX – Annunciation House

The objective of the Border Awareness Experience at the Annunciation House is to facilitate face to face meetings and encounters between participants and people and groups on both sides of the Border. It intends to raise consciousness in the ‘first world’ about the issues facing the peoples of the ‘third world’ and the effects of unjust economic policies on their lives. It is an opportunity to listen to different perspectives and opinions about issues such as immigration, economic development, human rights, and social justice. It seeks put a face on the immigrant, the factory worker, the refugee, and the Border Patrol Agent.

El Paso, TX – Columban Border Immersion

The Missionary Society of St. Columban Office of Advocacy and Outreach will host this border immersion. The service of presence will be the focus of this trip – hearing peoples’ stories and accompanying them. You will talk with community members about the pressures, challenges and joys of living and working along the border; additionally, learning about the violence in Juarez and the challenges of immigration, migration, land rights, economics, and sustainability. Fr. Bill has been refurbishing the home where you will be staying and working on a community garden in the area. Although you will not be crossing the border, it is a good idea to have a valid United States ID and a passport with you.

Relevant Websites: Columban Advocacy & Outreach, Justice for Immigrants, Jesuit Conference on Migration & Immigration, Video about Lomas del Poleo Land Dispute, CCSJ Immigrants/Refugees Justice Priority

Montgomery, AL – Resurrection Catholic Missions

Resurrection Catholic Missions reaches out to the community around it. Some of the things that you may do here include working in Resurrection Catholic School (tutoring, P.E., reading, etc.), assisting with the elderly outreach program, or gardening. The trip will also include learning and discussing the role of the civil rights in Montgomery.

Relevant Websites: Resurrection Catholic Missions, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Morton, MS – EXCEL Community Center

The EXCEL program in Morton, MS provides tutoring, GED classes, adult on-going learning classes, computer classes, and a number of support groups for various interests. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in 3 locations outside of Jackson, MS. Many communities are very segregated with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities, as well as help in the tutoring program and the thrift shop run by EXCEL. The Morton community also works with immigrant integration programs such as ESL and teaching local business owners Spanish. Area poultry plants are a draw for new workers.

Relevant Website: Sisters of St. Francis, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority, Mississippi Chicken

New Orleans, LA – Duchesne House

Creighton students have been going on Service Trips to the Gulf Coast since 1997. There was a large interest in trips to New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and through a partnership with Catholic Charities Operation Helping Hands, Creighton Students have been able to be a part of the rebuilding process. The rebuilding process is more than just providing houses for people, and by staying with the Duchesne House students will learn about the unseen effects that Katrina had on the city by engaging the issues of education, healthcare, poverty, and numerous other topics.

Relevant Websites: Duchesne House, New Orleans Province Jesuit Social Ministries, Jesuit Social Research Institute

New Orleans, LA – House of Charity

A Charity Federation, Sisters and Daughters of Charity from all over the country, host this trip. Through a partnership with the House of Charity and St. Bernard’s Project, Creighton Students have been able to be a part of the rebuilding and restoration process in New Orleans. Service opportunities include general home repair and rebuilding, e.g. finishing drywall and mudding. The rebuilding process is more than just providing homes for people. Hearing personal stories gives students the opportunity to see the challenges that remain. Meeting the homeowners is a favorite part of this trip. The Sisters at the House of Charity provide a welcoming environment to help students process, reflect and serve during this trip.

Omaha: Migrants, Immigrants, and Latinos

Pixan Ixim is a Guatemalan Mayan group in South Omaha who gathers weekly for prayer. They have formed a committee to work on adult education, human rights, and healthcare both in Omaha and in Guatemala. Come serve and learn with these eager adults as they share their history, culture and commitment to improve their community. Service may include tutoring English classes, GED; child care, homework club, and manual labor in and around the parish. During the week students will volunteer with the OneWorld Community Health Centers. This will include shadowing opportunities, much needed office projects and meeting with local health care professionals. Conversational Spanish is very helpful for this site.

Relevant Websites: OneWorld Omaha, Pixan Ixim, Jesuits on Migration and Immigration, Justice for Immigrants, Justice for Our Neighbors, CCSJ Immigrants/Refugees Justice Priority

Sioux City, IA – Habitat for Humanity

Join this community to work on a Habitat Home in the city with the highest level of poverty in the State of Iowa. Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median income. In most cases, prospective Habitat homeowner families make a $500 down payment and contribute 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their home or someone else’s home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.

Relevant Websites: National Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Wind River, WY – St. Stephen’s Indian Mission

Experience life on the Reservation through meeting tribal leaders, visiting the schools, and participating in cultural experiences such as a sweat lodge. You will also learn about the social issues. The area is poor, though, because of gas and oil royalties perhaps not as poverty stricken as some reservations. Addiction to alcohol and drugs and diabetes are the major health concerns on the reservation. The students will meet with the elders who will speak to them about the issues on the reservation. From the St. Stephen’s Mission website: Most Arapaho are Catholic; most Shoshone who share the Wind River Reservation with them are Episcopal. We serve the Arapaho for the most part, who outnumber the Shoshone two to one. Each tribe has its own Business Council, comparable to a tribal council, and have some common agencies like the natural resources. Both Tribes have casinos, which, though providing jobs, cause social problems.

Relevant Websites: St. Vincent de Paul Center, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

Winnebago, NE – St. Augustine Indian Mission

Enjoy a nice drive an hour and a half north to a great experience with the Winnebago and Omaha tribe. You will be staying on the Winnebago reservation and engage with the local community as well as helping out in St. Augustine Mission school. You will gain an insight into the history of American Indians and learn about the cultures of the Winnebago and Omaha communities. You will also learn about the social issues including, poverty, education, and addiction. “Nestled in the rolling hills of the northeast corner of Nebraska is St. Augustine Indian Mission and School. St. Augustine Indian Mission has served the Native American people of the Winnebago and Omaha Tribes since 1909.Through the years it has touched the lives of thousands of Native American children and impacted the lives of their families.” – St. Augustine Mission website

Relevant Website: St. Augustine Indian Mission, CCSJ Poverty/Economic Justice Priority

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