Half Week Trips (5 full days)
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. On this trip, you will have the chance to experience some of the realities of homelessness for yourself, while also being able to learn about the organizations working to support and advocate on behalf of individuals experiencing homelessness. During the week, you will live with the guests at our local community partner Siena/Francis House — a shelter which focuses on meeting basic needs and accompanying people in addiction recovery. Ministry of presence is the primary component of this trip, meaning that it will focus on “being with” instead of “doing for”. A lot of time will be spent hearing the stories of the guests, sharing meals and doing activities with them, and learning about the systemic roots of homelessness.
Omaha, NE — North Omaha Immersion
North Omaha is a community rich in history and culture. You will get to explore life on 24th street, or the “Street of Dreams” by visiting significant historical sites and working with local community partners throughout the week. You’ll visit local non-profits and community organizations to learn about Omaha’s history, Civil Rights History, Racial justice, current community assets, and future development plans for North O. To get a sense of what the trip covers, check out the documentary Street of Dreams.
Full Week Trips
Albuquerque, NM – St. Martin’s Hospitality Center
Ministry of presence with homeless guests in New Mexico
During your time at Albuquerque, you will get to spend time with men and women experiencing homelessness, while also learning about various injustices associated with this issue. You’ll get to learn about community solutions and organizations working to support those experiencing homelessness, in order to help you better understand poverty, injustice, and suffering in the area. The shelter you’ll be at is St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, a day shelter that serves 250-300 clients daily. The Hospitality Center provides showers, clothing, storage, and three hot meals each day. They also 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.
St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, National Coalition for the Homeless, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice
Axtell, NE – Mosaic Bethphage Village
Bethphage Village serves over 100 wonderfully diverse group members who each have a form of disability. At Bethphage, the members live in a group home setting, which creates a very strong sense of community. The students will have the opportunity to get to know a wide variety of personalities and backgrounds. Life at the Village is both robust and reflective: people are celebrated daily and compassionately cared for. Service trip participants will have the opportunity to build relationships with members through visits, tutoring, and activities, which will include playing with children, and visiting the elderly. You will also get to engage with the often hidden civil rights issues associated with mental health and disability. Your time in the village will sensitize you to the beauty of simple living and close community, and inspire you to become both friend and advocate of individuals with disabilities.
Cleveland, OH – Catholic Worker
This trip mostly looks at gentrification and homelessness. Our main partner in Cleveland is “The Cleveland Catholic Worker House”, which offers a week-long socioeconomic immersion experience in the Ohio City neighborhood. During the week, you’ll get to live as part of the Catholic Worker community, while also getting to explore the economically, racially, and socially diverse community of Cleveland! The week will involve volunteering with many different social services in the area, doing things with meal programs and neighborhood non-profits, who will help educate the group about Cleveland’s socioeconomic circumstances, especially relating to gentrification.
Denver, CO – Colorado Vincentian Volunteers
Variety of Direct Service in an Inner City
During your week in Colorado, you will be hosted by current and former members of the Colorado Vincentian Volunteer (CVV) program. CVV’s service work includes education, emergency assistance, homeless assistance, job training, women’s services, and health services. The Denver area encompasses a very diverse, but economically poor community. During the week, you’ll be learning about homelessness, poverty, immigration, environmental issues, and more. Participants at this site sleep and cook meals at Casa Karibu, an intentional Christian community offering hospitality for service trips and people in need. The work of these organizations, and the core of your reflections during the week will be social justice and catholic social teaching (similar to the core Jesuit values of Creighton!). Students also get to go to a variety of sites throughout the week, performing various types of service and developing relationships with some of Denver’s finest community members!
East St. Louis, IL – Hubbard House
Students will have opportunities to work with outreach organizations in East St. Louis and perform a variety of direct service depending on community needs. They will get to 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 that will lead you to ask, “What can I 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 encounters between participants and the groups affected by the issue of immigration and the border. While here, students will live in community at a house that serves immigrant families and their children. The trip 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 to put a face on the immigrant, the factory worker, the refugee, and the Border Patrol Agent.
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El Paso, TX – Columban Border Immersion
This trip focuses on hearing the personal stories of those affected by border issues and immigration, while also learning about the justice and advocacy side of the issue. You will talk with community members about the pressures, challenges and joys of living and working along the border. You’ll also get to learn about the challenges of immigration, migration, land rights, economics, and sustainability, and also get to hear about the violence in Juarez (known as El Paso’s “twin” city). Students will stay at the Columban Mission Center, a justice education center that focuses on immigration and sustainability. Hands on service will be extremely limited, but may include a day working on a community garden in the area or cooking a meal for hosts. You’ll do a lot of “Ministry of Presence”, by 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.
Kansas City, KS – Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Quick Fun Fact: Creighton Alumni played a big part in shaping this trip! Participants will serve and learn in the Kansas City metro area in a wide variety of ministries. This is a great way to understand the challenges faced by people experiencing hunger, homelessness or poverty, and to learn about what area organizations are doing to reach out to affected populations. Participants may take part in a variety of direct service depending on the current needs of the community. Participants stay with The Sisters of Charity, who share their space, community, experience, reflection, prayer and love of KC with the group.
Lincoln, NE – ShadowBrook Farm
Come and see what it’s like to work on a farm for a week at
ShadowBrook Farm! ShadowBrook is a small, family-owned vegetable farm committed to sustainable farming practices anddevoted to being good stewards of our land. They aim to promote and enable a “regional food system” where food is sold directly to the consumer rather than traveling many miles to reach your plate. ShadowBrooks’s goal is to plant green manure crops in a third of their vegetable ground annually, using grass-based beef cows as part of their rotation, alongside a herd of dairy goats that are used for the farm’s dairy needs. Using 4 hoop-houses, Shadobrook Farm is also able to produce vegetables for ten months a year. Participants have the opportunity to make goat cheese, maintain the farm, and do lots of outdoor work. They will also learn about and reflect on issues of food justice and sustainability.
Memphis, TN – Serve 901
Students will have the chance to explore a variety of service and justice opportunities around the city of Memphis during this trip, including civil rights and economic justice. Early on in the trip, participants will visit the National Civil Rights’ Museum to “set the stage” so to speak – giving participants the chance to reflect on what they learn at the Museum as they see more of Memphis and the de facto segregation still in existence in Tennessee. Students will spend a large part of their time serving at Our Lady of Sorrows, a grade school in Frayser. Participants will also serve at Manna House, a place of hospitality for those experiencing homelessness and poverty in Memphis, and learn about sustainable gardening in Orange Mound.
Montgomery, AL — Resurrection Catholic Missions
Resurrection Catholic Missions in an organization dedicated to reaching out and serving the surrounding community. Participants get to explore a wide variety of issues, including civil rights, economic justice, and education. You will also get to take part in a variety of hands-on service, all depending on the current needs of the community. Activities might include working at Resurrection Catholic School (tutoring, helping out with P.E., reading to kids, etc.), assisting with the outreach programs (cleaning homes, yard work, delivering meals), gardening, and visiting local adult group-homes. The trip will also include learning and discussing the role of the civil rights in Montgomery and visiting local significant historical sites.
Morton, MS — Excel Community & Learning 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 in MS are very segregated with high poverty and illiteracy rates. Participants on this trip will have the opportunity to learn about the reality in those communities and help in the tutoring program, while also learning about civil rights from community leaders. 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, many of whom are Spanish speaking individuals. On the drive down to Morton, you will also get to stop at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
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 continue to be a part of the rebuilding process in the years since. The ongoning rebuilding process is so much more than just providing houses for people — during your time in New Orleans, you’ll get will learn about the unseen effects that Katrina had on the city, especially in the areas of education, healthcare, poverty, and numerous other topics. Students will stay at the Duchesne House; while there, they will have the opportunity to learn about a number of different social justice issues, and get to hear many individual stories from those that participated in the Civil Rights Movement.
New Orleans, LA – House of Charity
The Sisters and Daughters of Charity is a charity federation that works all over the country. 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 since Katrina. Service opportunities for participants include general home repair and rebuilding, e.g. finishing drywall and mudding, however, the rebuilding process involves so more than just providing homes for people. You’ll also get to hear many personal stories about the challenges that remain. Meeting the homeowners is often a favorite part of participants that go on 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 – OneWorld Community Health Centers
OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc., in partnership with the community, provides culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the underserved. They provide treatment on a sliding scale, in order to provide care to those who could not normally afford it. Participants on this trip may get to interact with patients in the waiting rooms, shadow doctors, dentists and social workers, file papers, enter computer data in electronic files, visit community support networks, attend educational sessions, and learn more about cultural diversity issues, immigration, poverty, and public health measures. You’ll also get to explore the vibrant community of South Omaha! This means that whether you meet with local community non-profits, take a stroll down 24th street, or grab Papusas at El Salvadoreña, you’ll be able to go back and visit!
Overland Park, KS – L’Arche Community
This community is designed around creating a family home for “core members” who are adults with intellectual disabilities. Students will “share life” with these core members and learn about their daily routines. Students can engage in community activities such as basketball, card games, listening to music, doing art projects, making meals together, etc. Students may help work on personal development of core members such as practicing job interviews. Home maintenance and service projects may also be a part of this week. Living in community, sharing meals and prayer is an important part for all members. 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.
St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN – Advocacy Trip with the St. Joseph Worker
This trip focuses mainly on Advocacy! Students will explore a number of different social justice issues, including economic justice, education, poverty, homelessness, and more. You will also get to learn about how you can be involved in the legislative process and about community organizing in the Twin Cities. You’ll learn about the cycle of organizing, hear stories from leaders across the community, and see how to move from charity to real systemic change.
St. Mary of the Woods, IN
Participants of this site will get to hear the Sisters of Providence at the White Violet Eco-Center introduce the principles of eco-justice 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. You’ll also be involved in maintenance in organic gardens, assist with daily alpaca care, work on a nature trail, work in landscaped areas near WVC buildings, and help with 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, and cleaning.
Stroud, OK – Habitat for Humanity
Do you know, or want to learn, how to build a house? Participants on this trip serve with Habitat for Humanity to build or prepare to build a home for a family in this warm Oklahoma community. The house building is a blast, but what lies at the heart of the trip is the community you build for: “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.” You’ll get to hear stories of people who have received houses, and learn about the impact that Habitat has on the community. The town is currently still in the process of rebuilding after an F-5 tornado hit in the late 90s, wiping out their economic centers. The work you’ll be doing supports this effort!
Tuba City, AZ, St. Jude Catholic Church
Tuba City is located on the Navajo Reservation. St. Jude Catholic Church was established here in 1961. A small, multicultural parish, St. Jude’s ministers to Navajo, Hopi, Anglo and Filipino parishioners. Our pastor, a Vincentian priest, three Daughters of Charity and a very active St. Vincent DePaul Society reach out to assist the many needs in the area. The experience here gives students the opportunity to see Navajo and Hopi life up close and assist the people with a variety of manual labor chores. Time is also provided to visit historical sites and sites of natural beauty.
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 other types of energy that show both sides of a complicated issue. Participants will also learn about West Virginia history as well as the labor perspective and the history of labor involvement. 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.
Winnebago, NE – St. Augustine Indian Mission
Participants on this trip will get to learn about and form relationships with members of the Winnebago and Omaha tribes. You will be staying on the Winnebago reservation and engage with the local community as well as help 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 (at St. Augustine Indian Mission and School), and addiction.