WBA 2018 Departures and Arrivals

Winter Break Alternative 2018 has officially begun. 42 students met in the Dana Center at 2 a.m. amid the frigid temperatures anxious to get to warmer climates and begin their week of service & solidarity. All WBA groups have arrived safely and begun their week of service.  Check-in mid-week (Wednesday evening/Thursday a.m.) for mid-week updates.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our students!

Arrivals:  Stay tuned throughout the afternoon and later tonight for arrival updates!

Sunday

  • SJC- Hartford:  Arrived at the Mystic Aquarium for the start of their week, later today they will settle in at the Catholic Worker House in Hartford to begin their week of service.  They have arrived at their final destination!
  • UCD – Philly:  Arrived safely at their host site in Philadelphia and have jumped right in to their orientation for their week of simplicity and service.
  • HFA – Washington, D.C.:  Arrived at the Hostel International in D.C. after a long day of travel.  They are settling in and getting some rest to get ready for serving at Food and Friends and D.C. Kitchen tomorrow.
  • BAH- N.C.:  arrived late Sunday to their housing in Winston-Salem, N.C. after a long day with a few fun pit stops (Hershey Chocolate Factory) along the way.  They have a big day ahead of them Monday with Forsythe Habitat.
  • SL&S – WV:  arrived safely Sunday evening at Nazareth Farm, where they have no cell service.  Group settled in, participated in orientation, and are eager to begin their work Monday a.m.

Saturday

  • UPR – Atlanta: Arrived safely to their site DOOR in Atlanta, GA. They met up with the site coordinator Chad and are getting settled, before they head out to the National Civil Rights Museum. They are happy to be in much warmer weather!
  • RR – Manchester: Arrived safely at their site, getting settled into their housing, and will kick-off their week inside at Inti Soccer Academy as they weather this frigid weather.
  • RRR – NOLA: Arrived safely at Duchesne House where there were greeted warmly by Sr. Bonnie and the weather! Once settled in, they are headed to the Hurricane Katrina museum.
  • HH – Phoenix: Arrived safely in Phoenix and settled in to their housing, got a tour of Andre House and is now headed out to spend the day serving with Danielle O'Neil '17, who is spending a year in post-graduate service at Maggie's Place, a community that provides houses of hospitality for pregnant and parenting women in need.
  • DR – Texas: Arrived safely in Houston and are settled into their housing in Beaumont. After a long day of travel they will rest, get dinner and enjoy the 60+ degree temperatures as they get ready to explore this area of Texas on Sunday.

Departures:  All 10 trips have left campus for their week of service!

Sunday

  • Simple Living & Stewardship – Salem, WV met in the Dana center at 3:30 a.m. and hit the road for a long day of driving to Salem, WV.
  • Building Affordable Housing – Winston-Salem, NC gathered at 5:30 a.m., packed up their vans, took a quick picture and then hit the road at 6 a.m.
  • Social Justice in the City – Hartford, CT hit the road just before 8 a.m. and are headed to Mystic to enjoy the Aquarium before settling in at the Catholic Worker House in Hartford.
  • Homebound Food Assistance – Washington, D.C. was ahead of schedule excited about the experience ahead of them. Group departed the hilltop at 8:25 a.m.
  • Urban Community Development – Philadelphia, PA 8:50 a.m., quick stop at Dunkin's, and they are on their way.

Saturday

  • The Disaster Relief trip to Houston/Beaumont, TX; Hospitality for the Homeless trip to Phoenix, AZ; and the Urban Poverty Relief trip to Atlanta, GA loaded onto a coach bus at 2:30 a.m. to head to Logan airport. Their flights began departing at 5:30 this morning.
  • Disaster Relief – Texas had a significant delay. They departed Boston Logan at 9:30 a.m. for their flight to Houston.
  • Restoration, Resilience, & Re-engagement – New Orleans, LA departed campus at 4:30 a.m. to head to the Manchester airport for an early morning flight. All went smoothly. They made it to Chicago-Midway and will depart to New Orleans from there.
  • Refugee Resettlement – Manchester, NH had a slow start in the cold but have departed campus and are ready to learn what being a refugee resettlement city is all about, while discovering the cultural diversity of our home city.