As the night went on, more and more stories and experiences were shared by the groups. Reporting towards the end of the night were Kentucky, Newark, New York City and South Dakota. Although the days are long, the groups are making the most out of their sites and surroundings. Please keep an eye out on our social media scroll as we use that to report for the rest of the week before the trips arrive back at the Hilltop!
Kentucky: The David School is known for giving its students a fresh start and the Saint A's group is helping even the building show that by giving the school a fresh new coat of paint. Those students with an education background have also been assisting in the classrooms with the daily lessons.
As the week continues, the group will contribute to more improvement projects along the the grounds. The group is also looking forward to cheering on the students at a varsity basketball game at the rival high school and "Front Porch Pickin" a celebration of music and community! Newark: The group has been fully immersed at St. Benedict's prep. The group has started their mornings off by attending Convocation which is a student-led assembly that focuses on announcements, prayers and songs to motivate the students throughout the day.
The Newark group is using that motivation to fully be present to the young men as they assist with various classes, such as Math and Theology and tutor for 2 hours each evening.
The group has seen the positive impact St. Benedict's has had on the young men, especially the 62 that are in residence at the Leahy House.
Participants are already expressing how they are determined to bring their experiences back to the Hilltop.
The group will be visited by Abbot Matthew on Thursday, as well serve in the local area.
New York City: The New York City group has been taking advantage of all the city has to offer! The group is spending the majority of their week with God's Love We Deliver, an organization that serves meals to the home bound who are suffering from various illnesses.
The group prepared over 4,000 meals in the kitchen on Monday and Tuesday. They will be doing walking deliveries this morning and are looking forward to meeting those the organization serves.
They will also volunteer with the organization, Midnight Run, a hunger and homelessness outreach program by passing out bagged meals to those who are part of the homeless population of NYC. They will volunteer with the Coalition for the Homeless providing meals around the Grand Central Terminal area.
Abbot Matthew will be visiting the group today and will be able to aid the group in processing their varied experiences, including their visit to the World Trade Center Memorial.
South Dakota: The SoDak group has wasted no time in becoming fully immersed in the culture of the Oglala Lakota people. The group has been able to become informed and aware of the significance the culture has on the land and people.
During the work day, the group is assisting with various projects that are vital to the reservation. These projects have included chopping and delivering wood to the homes on the reservation to provide heat, framing and building the bunk beds, and assist with trailer skirting to protect the mobile homes from various weather elements.
The group has also taken advantage of the vastness of beauty of the sights and sounds around them.