Domestic Service-Immersion Trips

 

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Erie Benedictine Community, Erie, PA

Dates: Sunday, January 6-Saturday, January 12, 2019
Cost: $200

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie are a group of Catholic, religious women who live together in a monastery in Erie and have committed their lives to presence and witness by working for sustainability and justice.  Students on this trip will stay at the monastery and experience the sisters’ daily life of prayer while participating each day in their ministries throughout the city of Erie, Pennsylvania.  Volunteer opportunities include education centers for adults and children, a community center for disabled adults, after-school programs for underprivileged children, a children’s art house, soup kitchens, a food bank, and endless opportunities to help the sisters at the Mount. Evenings will be spent reflecting with the sisters on the experiences of the day.

 

Grow Ohio Valley in Wheeling, West Virginia

Dates: Sunday, January 6-Saturday, January 12, 2019
Cost: $300

Grow Ohio Valley’s Food Justice Immersion provides an alternative break experience to build social awareness around food justice. With a blend of experiential learning and solutions-oriented service, students explore food justice through the prism of poverty, disability, food subsidies, social services, food deserts, nutrition, health, urban agriculture, food industry economics, and family food insecurity.


Students will explore the systemic nature of food justice issues through meetings with healthcare professionals, farmers, soup kitchens, beekeepers, community gardeners, and others working to create a just and sustainable food system.  Because we are traveling in January and out of the growing season, the focus of this food justice immersion experience will be on hunger and homelessness and becoming agents of social change in our home communities.  

 

Sisters of Saint Joseph, Rochester NY

Dates: Sunday, January 6-Saturday, January 12, 2019
Cost: $200

Spend a week of service, prayer and reflection with the Sisters of St. Joseph.  The Sisters dedicate their lives to working quietly to address pressing societal needs.  Their mission is to serve their neighbors, all people, no matter who they are or where they find themselves.  Participants will spend the week wokring in pairs alongside the Sisters at the service site of your choice.  Options include a healthcare clinic, a women's shelter and a school and daycare for children with special needs.  In the evenings, we will share a meal with the Sisters and spend time reflecting on our day together.