Service & Justice Trips Archive

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Ministry of Presence with Homeless Guests in New Mexico: Spring Break 2014

Albuquerque, NM – St. Martin’s Hospitality Center
Ministry of presence with homeless guests in New Mexico

Students will be interacting daily with men and women experiencing homelessness. There will be meetings with those who work on behalf of the poor. Students will spend their days talking with and spending time with shelter guests. This will help students understand poverty, injustice, and suffering in the area. St. Martin’s Hospitality Center 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. Students will have the opportunity to visit Art Street, a local studio which is open to St. Martin’s clients.
Relevant Websites: St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, National Coalition for the Homeless, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

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Mosaic Bethphage Village: Spring Break 2014

Axtell, Nebraska – Mosaic Bethphage Village

Many of the over 100 persons who live at Bethphage Village in our service have multiple disabilities and therefore are some of society’s most vulnerable. Individuals live in group home settings and the feel of community is palpable. The students will have the opportunity to get to know a wide variety of personalities and backgrounds. Life is both robust and reflective in the Village. People are celebrated and compassionately cared for. Participants will have an opportunity to build relationships with those at the Village through visits, tutoring, playing with children, and the elderly. They will also engage the often hidden civil rights issues faced by those with special needs. Time at Bethphage Village will sensitize students and inspire them to offer a “voice” for those whose voice is often not heard.

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White Rose Catholic Worker: Spring Break 2014

Chicago, IL – White Rose Catholic Worker House
The White Rose Catholic Worker serves in a number of different communities locally, nationally, and internationally. 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, where students will stay at during their trip, and participants will help with general farm tasks – harvesting and planting – and learn how to live in a land and craft based society.

Relevant Websites: Catholic Worker Movement

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Diverse Communities in Chicago: Spring Break 2014

Chicago, IL – Whipple House (Daughters of Charity)
Diverse communities in Chicago.

The Daughters of Charity are active in many ministries around Chicago. They will invite you to serve and learn at the agencies doing outreach to the underserved. Students will be able to see a variety of agencies. Students will travel on the bus to and from Chicago, leaving Friday evening of midterms week. Students will use public transportation while in Chicago.
Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent De Paul Center, Poverty in Chicago

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Cleveland Catholic Worker: Spring Break 2014

Cleveland, OH – Catholic Worker

Gentrification and Homelessness: The Cleveland Catholic Worker 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, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

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Colorado Vincentian Volunteers: Spring Break 2014

Denver, CO – Colorado Vincentian Volunteers
Visit Denver and experience the beauty and hardships in a city below the Rockies. Do service work outside your comfort zone through work in community centers, emergency shelters, child tutoring programs, home improvement, and much more! As a participant, you will go to a variety of sites throughout the week, performing various types of service with some of Denver’s finest. Immerse yourself amongst the diverse but economically poor Denver community and cover topics such as homelessness, poverty, environmental issues, and more. Spend a meal eating at the SAME café, a local restaurant that functions only on goodwill donations, and experience other volunteer services offered in the Mile High City. During downtime, you can build community within your Denver trip “family” at St. Ignatius, a Jesuit Parish, and venture through the beautiful Rocky mountains. For those considering a year of volunteering after graduation, this trip is a wonderful opportunity to experience the welcoming Denver community and learn what the CVV program has to offer.
Relevant Websites: Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

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