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Immigration: The Realities, Reflection, and Justice

vinnyblogThe discrepancy between hearing and experiencing an issue first-hand is so vast that each perspective seems like a completely different issue. Witnessing the issue of immigration reform in El Paso, Texas at the Columban Border Mission was one of the truest experiences I have ever had in my entire life.

On one of our first days at the border, we cooked a meal for thirty undocumented immigrants and had the chance to eat dinner with them. During the meal, I began talking to one of the migrants in Spanish about his stay in El Paso and why he was here. He told me that four months ago, he was deported from Miami back to Guatemala with no money or identification. Being that his wife and kids were still in Miami, he had no choice but to find a way to get reunited with them.

Four months later, there he was talking to me with the aspirations to save up money on a sub-minimum wage salary in order to get back together with his family. He showed me a photo of his daughter that had just been born three days prior to this encounter, whose birth he missed due to his deportation. This was one of the many touching stories I heard while on my journey at the border. It’s clear that this issue is not one to be taken lightly as it deals with the safety and separation of thousands of migrant families.

My El Paso group and I spent many nights and car rides discussing this issue’s complexity, wondering how exactly our country should deal with it. My group was so motivated to learn about immigration that our reflections truly developed our understanding of the issue while helping us to see the big picture. Many times, we would have “post reflection” where we would stay up until two or three in the morning, just talking about life, as well as immigration. One could say those reflections were our strongest pillar during this service trip.

Overall, we got to visit and help out at many of the community service organizations that help the migrants and poor in El Paso. It was inspiring to see so many people who have devoted countless years to try to better the lives of others who have crossed the border in search of a safer living. Through these visits we noted that there really is a lot of good in El Paso. However, there still is a vast amount of work to be done in regards to immigration reform as a whole. I have recently taken the opportunity to teach an English class to the Hispanic population in Omaha as a response to this enormously impactful service trip. By spreading the word about immigration to others and helping migrants in our local communities, my group and I hope to counter the injustices that we experienced first hand at the border in El Paso.

Vincent Nicchi
Class of 2016
College of Arts & Sciences
FBSJT 2014 Trip 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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Online Ministries Jesuit Martyrs Website

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On November 16th, 1989, six Jesuits at a Jesuit University in El Salvador, along with their housekeeper and her daughter, were murdered – with rifle shots to their brains – by an elite military group of the Salvadoran army.  They did what University Jesuits do.  They preached, taught about, and advocated for justice in their country.

Their witness continues to be a powerful example for all of us in Jesuit University education today.

See our anniversary website to learn the story and explore a number of resources to help better understand the power of this anniversary for us today.

The Martyrs of El Salvador – the 25th Anniversary of the University of Central American Martyrs
http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Martyrs/

Part of the Online Ministries of the Collaborative Ministry Office

The Campus Celebration will be on the anniversary date: Sunday, November 16th
Here is more information on those events: http://calendar.creighton.edu/event?id=45708

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Remembering the Saints

1965005_10201669012748689_1726178496_nWe who walked in the darkness of doubt;

Darkest and deepest

down,

down

down…

We who sought to catch just a moment of your presence; Chasing the wind, gasping for air, drowning, down, down, down…

You, Lord, have called us:  Voices and grandfathered whispers off yellowed pages, Guides in the desert, faceless faith still being shared, Up, Up, Up…

You, Lord, have lifted us up by your hand: Wrinkled strong hands of grandmother’s grace, Quiet prayers spoken, lifting us up from despair,

Up, Up, Up…

You, Lord, have shown us light: The light of a million candles sharing their faith.

The light of saints past, the living tradition of the redeemed, the resurrection retelling, the passing of this flame from generation to generation.

We Remember, We Remember, We Remember, and because of you in them, we walk in the candlelight of Christ.

All Saints Day is a day to remember those who have put God before themselves in all aspects of their life. They are what we strive to be in our moral obligations, to love and serve Christ.  It is also a day to come together to commemorate them on being role models of the church. 

Rachael Schwartz
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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Weekly Update: October 31-November 12

Friday, October 31

Health Science- Multicultural and Community Affairs: Open House
Come to the HS-MACA open house. The mission of Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs is to promote Creighton University as a recognized leader in the training and development of a multicultural health care workforce that serves to reduce health disparities in underserved and diverse communities through research, culturally proficient education, community interaction and engagement.This will take place in the Hixon Lied Science Building, Suite G-13. Please contact Mervin Vasser with any questions.

Sunday, November 2

The Legacy of Vatican II event on campus
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Dr. John Clabeaux will present on the topic of: “The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Bible.” This event will be held in the Harper Center Ballroom from 3:00-5:00pm. Please contact Carol Krajicek with any questions.

Monday, November 3

“According to Coyote”
A vibrant and entertaining anthology of tales featuring the legendary hero of American Indian mythology, “According to Coyote” is an encounter with the richness and vitality of Native American culture using age-old traditions of music, dance, and theatre. This production by the Mixed Blood Theater Company will warm the hearts of youngsters and adults alike. This will be held in the Lied Center for Performing Arts on the main stage from 7:00-8:00pm. Please contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez with any questions.

November 3

“Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”
In this award-winning, Emmy-nominated documentary, members of the DeWolf family discover that their New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The family retraces the Triangle Trade, uncovering how deeply the North was involved in slavery, and gaining fresh perspectives on race. Most white people have foresworn overt racism, but what remains? What are the structural inequities, and what kinds of racial baggage do many of us carry? There will be Q&A with Katrina Browne (director/producer) and James Dewolf Perry (the Tracing Center’s executive director) after the film. This will be in Hixson-Lied Science Building room G04 from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact Jessi Maynard with any questions.

November 3

“Ahead of Their Time” by Matt Holland
A book reading by Matt Holland, author of Ahead of Their Time, the story of Creighton’s DePorres Club, an interracial group that worked to end segregation in Omaha in the 1940s and 50s. There will be refreshments following the reading. This will be held in the Skutt Student Center 104 at 3:30pm. Please contact Laurel McClure with any questions.

November 3

Film Streams Movies
Film Streams is currently showing “Dear White People” and “Pride.” On the first Monday of the month at Film Streams, movies are free to students with your ID. “Dear White People” is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut. “Pride” is inspired by a true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Click here to find out more information about these films.

Tuesday, November 4

CCSJ 2015 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Scholarship Applications Due
Need-based scholarship applications are due before the general applications. If you are interested in coordinating a Service & Justice Trip click here for the scholarship application. In order to be eligible to coordinate, you would have to have gone on at least one previous Service & Justice Trip. You will need to complete an online application, pay a $50 deposit and sign up for an interview. Payments can be brought to the CCSJ office in Harper Center, CCSJ (Harper 2067) between 8:00am-4:00pm on Thursday November 6 or Friday November 7.. Please watch our website for more details. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Thursday, November 6

Kenefick Humanities Chair Film Series Commemorating the Salvadoran Martyrs
In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs, “In the Name of the People” will be shown as the second of a four part film series this semester. “In the Name of the People”is an evocative vision of a nation and its tragic civil war. Four filmmakers who secretly entered El Salvador, marched with a guerrilla column across the troubled country, and followed it into combat against government force in San Salvador. The civil war is given a personal dimension as we meet the insurgents and their supporters—a guerrilla commander, a 12 year old messenger, a peasant family victimized by right wing death squads, and an American doctor working with the rebels. Post conversation facilitated by Ken Reed-Bouley. This will take place in Harper Center room 3029 at 7:00pm. All of the four films are free and open to the public. Please contact Colleen Hastings with any questions.

Friday, November 7

CCSJ 2015 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Applications Due
If you are interested in coordinating a Service & Justice Trip click here to apply. In order to be eligible to coordinate, you would have to have gone on at least one previous Service & Justice Trip. You will need to complete an online application, pay a $50 deposit and sign up for an interview. Payments can be brought to the CCSJ office in Harper Center, CCSJ (Harper 2067) between 8:00am-4:00pm on Thursday November 6 or Friday November 7. Please watch our website for more details. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Sunday, November 9

St. John’s Parish Partners
St. John’s Parish Partners is collecting good, used winter coats, gloves, hats and blankets for Sacred Heart Parish on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation There will be a box at the main entrance to the Church until Sunday, November 9. Several of the parishioners will be delivering the coats to the reservation on Saturday, November 15. Please cotnact Charlene Stender at 402-731-2296 with any questions or would like more information about the mission.

Upcoming Events:

Jesuit/ UCA Martyrs Memorial on St. John’s Steps
Wednesday, November, 12

November 16, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of 6 Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter by the US-trained Salvadoran Army at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador. To honor their lives and raise awareness about peace and justice issues in Latin America, CCSJ and other campus partners will be displaying a martyrs memorial on the steps of St. John’s Church on Wednesday November 12, 2014. Please join us in honoring the UCA Martyrs and praying for peace and justice in our world by visiting the memorial. Please contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Girls Inc.

Girls Incorporated’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We do this through a wide variety of programming that we offer daily. Girls Inc. always encourages interested adults to get involved in Girls Inc. Programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework activities, serving meals, field trips, job shadowing, programming and more. Help is needed between (3:00pm – 7:00pm) Monday – Friday during the school year and all day (7:00am – 6:00pm) during the summer. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to 20) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis. Click here for more information about Girls Inc. Please contact Fatema Graves with any questions.

All Saints Catholic School

All Saints Catholic School is looking for one or two people to help tutor a few 7th and 8th grade students twice a week from 12:40-2:10pm. Please contact Ruth Mumm if you are interested.
Events to be included in the Weekly Update must be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to the event. All events should relate to service or justice and should include name, date, time, and a short description. The selection of events is limited by space and the discretion of the CCSJ. Please, send to ccsj@creighton.edu with “Weekly Update” in the subject line.

A 20 minute training on Creighton’s Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy is now required of all student doing community service with our office or on your own. Please click here to find an upcoming training that works for you.

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Weekly Update: October 17 – November 2

Friday, October 17

Sustainability Council Meeting
Are you interested in one or more facets of the sustainability movement but are not sure how to get involved? Come to the next Sustainability Council meeting and learn about how you can be involved – as much or as little as you’d like. The meeting will be held in Rigge G05 from 2:00-3:00pm. Please contact Mary Duda with any questions.

Friday, October 24

Committee on the Status of Women Fall Forum
The Committee on the Status of Women will be hosting its annual Fall Forum, themed Strength Through Change. Come for a day of professional development, as well as conversation about what issues are important to women at Creighton. Click here to find out more information about the session topics. This event will be held in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom from 9:00am-2:30pm. Please contact Amanda Drapcho with any questions.

October 24

Ignatian Retreat for Faculty in the Health Professions
This is a silent retreat in the Ignatian tradition that will be held at the Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, Iowa. Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ and Fr. Greg Carlson will be leading this retreat, with brief presentations through out the weekend. Meals and housing provided. Participants are required to attend the full retreat. Contact your school Chaplain if you are interested in attending . It will take place from Friday at 8:00am to Saturday at 3:00pm. Please contact Diane Jorgensen with any questions.

Tuesday, October 28

Commemoration of the Salvadoran Martyrs
Join us for the screening of “El Salvador: Another Vietnam” as a part of the film series commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs. Click here to learn more about the UCA Martyrs. Join us in Harper room 3029 from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact Wendy Wright with any questions.

Thursday, October 30

CCSJ Spring Break 2015 Service and Justice Trips Coordinator Information Meeting
Any student who has been on a CCSJ Service & Justice Trip is eligible to apply. If you would like to coordinate a Spring Break Service and Justice Trip for your Creighton Peers, come hear more! There is a series of required formation to be ready to go this spring. This includes a 1 day retreat and 3 preparation meetings in addition to the participant preparation. The meeting will be in the Harper Center Ballroom from 8:15-8:45pm. Watch our website for more details. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

October 30

CCSJ Fall Break 2014 Service and Justice Trip Reunion
If you went on a Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trip, come to the reunion! You will be able to catch up with your trip group, listen to an awesome speaker, enjoy a slide show of trip pictures, and hear from other people about the trips they went on. This event will be held in the Harper Center Ballroom from 9:00-10:00pm. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Friday, October 31

Health Science- Multicultural and Community Affairs: Open House
Come to the HS-MACA open house. The mission of Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs is to promote Creighton University as a recognized leader in the training and development of a multicultural health care workforce that serves to reduce health disparities in underserved and diverse communities through research, culturally proficient education, community interaction and engagement.This will take place in the Hixon-Lied Science Building, Suite G-13. Please contact Mervin Vasser with any questions.

Tuesday, November 2

The Legacy of Vatican II event on Campus
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Dr. John Clabeaux will present on the topic of: “The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Bible.” This event will be held in the Harper Center Ballroom from 3:00-5:00pm. Please contact Carol Krajicek with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Omaha Home for Boys
The Omaha Home for Boys is seeking a volunteer to teach a course on STD Awareness and Prevention to residents in our transitional living program. Commitment is approximately one hour per month. Responsibilities include researching and developing session material. Prior experience with STD education and working with at-risk populations is preferred. Please contact Brandi Kejr at (402) 457-7000 with any questions. or interest.

Girls Inc
Girls Incorporated’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We do this through a wide variety of programming that we offer daily. Girls Inc. always encourages interested adults to get involved in Girls Inc. Programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework activities, serving meals, field trips, job shadowing, programming and more. Help is needed between (3:00pm – 7:00pm) Monday – Friday during the school year and all day (7:00am – 6:00pm) during the summer. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to 20) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis. Click here for more information. Please contact Fatema Graves with any questions.

Events to be included in the Weekly Update must be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to the event. All events should relate to service or justice and should include name, date, time, and a short description. The selection of events is limited by space and the discretion of the CCSJ. Please, send to ccsj@creighton.edu with “Weekly Update” in the subject line.

A 20 minute training on Creighton’s Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy is now required of all student doing community service with our office or on your own. Please click here to find an upcoming training that works for you.

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Fall Break 2014 Host Sites

Fall Break 2014
Service and Justice Trips
Community Host Partners

Half Week Trips:

Omaha, NE Siena/Francis: Oct. 21-25, 2014
Homelessness in Omaha: Getting to know our Neighbors

As with all our half-week (5 day) 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 12-15.

Relevant Website: Siena/Francis House, National Coalition for the Homeless,

Omaha, NE – Sustainability Orientation

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.

Full Week Trips:

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

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.

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

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

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
Variety of Direct Service

Sr. Marge Clifford organizes opportunities to work with outreach organizations in East St. Louis. Meet the staff and community members who are working tirelessly to improve their community. Students may work in a soup kitchen, thrift store or in school based setting. The students will stay at Hubbard House, whose mission is to “serve those who serve” by providing housing and meals as needed for area volunteers. Hubbard House provides 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?

Relevant Websites: Hubbard House, Information about Joe Hubbard and Founding of Hubbard House, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

El Paso, TX – Columban Border Immersion

The Missionary Society of St. Columban’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach will host this border immersion. Hearing peoples’ stories and accompanying them will be the focus of this trip. 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. Students will stay at the Columban Mission Center, which has been refurbished in a sustainable way. Hands on service will be extremely limited but may include a day working on a community garden in the area and cooking a meal for hosts. Be present for Ministry of accompanyment, listening to service and supporting community efforts. Although you will not be crossing the border, you are required to have a valid United States ID and a passport with you.

Relevant Websites: Columban Advocacy & Outreach, Justice for Immigrants,Video about Lomas del Poleo Land Dispute,

Gould, AR – Daughters of Charity

Spend a week with the Daughters of Charity along with various organizations and ministries in both Little Rock and Gould, Arkansas. Opportunities within the city of Little Rock include Latino elementary school help, homeless ministry, time at a family development center for pregnant teenagers, SNAP outreach, and work at a local thrift shop. In Gould, a rural town of 800 people and apprx. 85% African American population, students will have the chance to minister to the elderly, work with a Head Start program, spend time at a health clinic, and to learn about local prison ministry.

Relevant Website: CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

Kansas City, KS – Daughters of Charity

Spend a week with the Daughters of Charity staying at the Cathedral in Kansas City, Kansas. On this trip students will have many opportunities to work with men and women experiencing homelessness, with migrant farmworkers, the elderly, and high school/elementary school help. Students in the group will be educated on a variety of issues and work with different populations, while the sisters also look to connect the group with local Creighton Alumni.

Relevant Website: CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Poverty/Economic Justice

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 – 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.

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, 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, AL 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, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

Omaha, NE – One World Community Health Centers
Migrants, Immigrants, and Latinos in Omaha

This trip will focus on the history of South Omaha and the issue of immigration. 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

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.”

Relevant Website: National Habitat for Humanity, Stroud Habitat for Humanity, National Low Income Housing Coalition,

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

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

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 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

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 4 days of work with the 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.

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

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

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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