Tag Archives: Homelessness



Leah Schaffer

Social Analysis: Students Take a Close Look at Homelessness

On Monday, students who attend weekly service at the Siena/Francis House were invited to come together for a social analysis to discuss issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. Every week at the Siena/Francis House, Creighton students eat dinner with the residents and then listen to the story of someone in the Addiction Recovery Program. It is [...]


What I Hope to Gain and to Give at Siena/Francis House

I have only been to Siena/Francis House once, about a couple of weeks ago with some fellow volunteers with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice. I remember walking in with my peers, anticipating being directly addressed. What should I say? What is there to talk about? The weather, the news, sports? There were two [...]


Laura Shircliff (Sr.), St. Martin's Client, Shelby Snedeker (Sr.)

Finding Home in a Homeless Shelter

Fall break of my sophomore year I went on my first service trip. In the house where we stayed hung a small tapestry that read the following quote by B. Cooke: “We need to find people who mean something to us, people to whom we turn knowing that being with them is coming home.” At [...]


Connecting the Dots Between Service and Advocacy

This morning, the Siena/Francis House group participated in a legislative visit with Senator Ben Nelson’s staff. Louise Lattimer pictured here with the group met the delegation to discuss domestic poverty concerns. Getting to the actual visit was a challenge in itself. After our first night in the shelter we had to be up and going [...]

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Casey Jergenson

Seeing Despair Turn To Hope

By Casey Jergenson, ’12 Driving through the neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan can be a rather disturbing experience.  Rows upon rows of burnt-out, dilapidated houses grimaced at our mini-van as we drove through the city, replacing our light-hearted conversations with melancholy silences.  I certainly was not prepared for the poverty we encountered. We volunteered with a [...]


The Point of No Routine

By Steph Haas, ’12 The pre-service trip routine I have come to know so well over the last three years is coming to a close. I had coordinator formation, I bonded with my service trip group, we had three general meetings and a send-off service, and the logistics are all organized. From the moment we [...]

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Anna Ferguson

Serving 4 Miles from 8 Mile

By Anna Ferguson ’15 From the moment my service group met at the first general Spring Break Service Trip meeting, we joked about visiting 8 Mile. 8 Mile is a stretch of Michigan highway made famous by Detroit native Eminem, a rapper whose CD, named “8 Mile” for the area he grew up by, sold [...]