Winter Break Alternative is part of the college’s Service and Solidarity Programs. In its 26th year, these mission trips allow students to lean about Catholic social teaching while living and working for those in need. The trips gives Saint Anselm students the opportunity to build and renovate homes, tutor children, serve in soup kitchens, and visit with local families and individuals in the community.
Appalachia (Salem, West Virginia)
Participants will be working with Nazareth Farm. This Appalachia site is a rural building and outreach program that involves working with those in extreme rural poverty. Students will engage in work that involves both physical labor and community outreach. Students will go beyond hammering nails and painting walls and dig deep into the basic need for people to feel loved and appreciated.
Manchester, New Hampshire
Participants will work with International Institute of New England. The International Institute of New England helps with the resettlement of families in the United States and provides them services such as workforce development, assists with transition to a new culture, and educates them on important topics such a financial sustainability and job interviewing skills to promote self-sustainability.
At the site, students will assist the staff at the institute with numerous activities such as resettlement of families in the United States, providing them services such as workforce development, help with transition to a new culture, and educate them on important topics such a financial sustainability.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Participants will be working with Saint Joan of Arc School. Saint Joan of Arc School is a Roman Catholic school that works to follow the teaching of Jesus in all areas such as social, academic, and spiritual.
Students in the New Orleans will be assisting in the teaching of catholic principles to pre-kindergarten – eighth graders. Students will also volunteer at the St. Bernard Project where they will assist in the rebuilding of homes for families who can not afford to do so themselves.
Participants will be working with St. Francis Inn. Franciscans in inner city Philadelphia run a soup kitchen that also provides other basic needs such as clothing and hospitality. St. Francis Inn builds relationships with the people they serve by focusing on human dignity, living simply, and restoring hope.
Students will prepare and serve meals, deliver meals to homes, assist in thrift store clean up, and partake in women’s shelter outreach.
Participants will be working with The André House of Hospitality. The Andre House is a Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen where students will help provide homemade dinner to as many as 600 people every night in the “zone” of Phoenix. They also provide laundry services, a clothing closet and showers for guests. Through these services, the Andre House provides dignity to people who have found themselves in unfortunate circumstances.
Staten Island, New York
Participants will be working with Project Hospitality. Project Hospitality serves people living with special needs, including HIV/AIDS and mental illnesses, with an array of on-site professional services. The organizations offers care that begins with provision of food, clothing, and shelter, and extend to health and mental care, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, education, vocational training and legal assistance, and transitional and permanent housing.
Students will be working with the organization to clean up surrounding areas that are still recovering from flooding brought on by Super storm Sandy. They will hand out and prepare meals with the organization’s Community Service Center as well as working in their food pantry.
Vineland, New Jersey
Participants will be working with Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity. Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. It is just one of the many sites that Habitat for Humanity has where volunteers are committed to help build/rebuild homes in the surrounding community.
Students at the site will spend their time working on new home interiors, and preparing to open the new Re-Store thrift shop in Vineland. The students will work in teams and will assist in the construction of these houses using materials provided by the program.
Participants will be working with Food and Friends. Food & Friends is the only organization in the Washington, DC, area providing specialized, nutritious meals, groceries, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Our students will serve by preparing and delivering meals and groceries to those in need.
Editorial support for this post was provided by Rosemary Lausier '16.