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Meet the Philippines: One of my Two Homes

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This is the Philippines. It may not be the best or richest country in the world, but nonetheless, this is one of my homes on this planet. Even though I didn’t grow up here, I still claim this to be my home because it’s rich cultures and traditions are still present in my life today. Growing up with the same food, the language, and the same gestures and manners, I sometimes consider myself a Filipino before an American. I am a first generation immigrant. Both of my parents immigrated from the Philippines, but I was born in the U.S.

Roselle If you asked me ten years ago if I thought that I could be interested in immigration in the future, I would most likely say yes. Growing up in California, especially in an immigrant family, I always had some part in immigration, whether it was because of my grandparents or my other relatives. At every point in my life, there was always someone who was immigrating to the U.S. or simply staying with us for three months.

These past seven Wednesdays that I have been fasting, my mind always brings me back to families, not just my own immigrant family, but other families as well. Being at Juan Diego, interning at their Immigration Legal Services, I work with a lot of families and hear a lot of Immigration stories. I have been fasting for the families that I help at Juan Diego, helping them receive their legal status and keeping families together. I fast not only for these individuals, but for our Omaha community and immigrants everywhere.

Being a family of immigrants, I understand the heartache of leaving a homeland (safe to say I get that way every time I leave the Philippines). It’s one of the hardest decisions one can make, however the idea of providing a safer, brighter future for the family makes the world of difference. To end this blog, I thought I would end it in a quote, “Love one another, contribute to the needs of others, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12: 9-18)


Roselle Agdipa
Class of 2015
College of Arts and Sciences
CCSJ Student Coordinator

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

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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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