Homelessness, Poverty and Food Security

Habitat for Humanity, East St. Tammany, Slidell, Louisiana
Our participants focus on housing security, mentoring, and food security while serving in Slidell, Louisiana. They spend much of the week working with Habitat for Humanity in housing construction, Big Brother Big Sister mentoring children, and at New Orleans Mission serving and sharing meals with the poor and marginalized of the city. 

Catholic Charities Urban Plunge, Baltimore, Maryland
Our participants work at various locations in Baltimore staffing soup kitchens for people experiencing homeless, shelters for children, and assisting social service agencies for the elderly. It is an opportunity for our students and staff to tap into solidarity with others, whose life experiences may be different from that of their own. Participants stay at the Catholic Charities Volunteer Corps organization in Baltimore. There they prepare meals and share in reflection as a community.

Covenant House, New York City, New York
Serving and working for sustainable housing, the trip to New York City offers just that. Participants work and stay in one of the residences owned by Covenant House, which has a primary focus of housing individuals between the ages of 16 and 21. They serve on one of the residential floors of the Covenant House, interact directly with the youth, and must be 21 or older to participate in this service trip. Participants also work with "In God's Love, We Deliver," a food service for people with AIDS. They have the opportunity to go with the organization to deliver these meals as well.

Hartford, Connecticut
Participants spend a majority of their time with one of the three shelters and soup kitchens: St. Elizabeth's House, Immaculate Conception Emergency Shelter, and House of Bread. They also work with the after-school program at the Village for Families and Children, Inc. It is an opportunity for our students and staff to tap into solidarity with others, whose life experiences may be different from that of their own. The participants stay at the Holy Family Retreat House in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Christian Appalachian Project (CAP), Kentucky
Participants have a unique opportunity to serve the needs of the rural poor in the coal mining areas of Kentucky. They spend the week working on creating sustainable homes for those in the community. They have an opportunity to engage with students and staff from different universities across the nation and are able to build relationships with the families who own the homes where they are serving. Participants live in a community of full-time Appalachian Volunteers and shared meals, prayer, and reflection is built into the daily schedule.

Hope House, Port Jefferson, Long Island
Hope House is a place for the ministry and service of presence. Participants serve in both a community residence for youth between the ages of 16-21 and a Human Services Center. Hope House is a place where youth having difficulties with drug or alcohol abuse, emotional problems or socializing problems can come for help and support. The Human Services Center at Hope House provides a number of social services in the Suffolk County area and volunteers assist in these social programs. This is recommended for students who major in psychology, sociology or education but is open to everyone.

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