Site Descriptions: Winter Break Alternative 2018

With our Winter Break Alternative groups now at their host communities for the week, their attention will turn to providing service, and standing in solidarity with those in need. Their work will be guided by numerous host organizations. Below, you will find a general description of the work each group will be performing. We look forward to sharing mid-week updates here on the blog. Social media updates can be seen on the right side of this blog, and by following the hashtag: #SACWBA

Students providing community assistanceSimple Living and Stewardship (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.

Urban Poverty Relief (Atlanta, Georgia)

Participants will be work with DOOR Atlanta.  Located in the heart of the South, and the home of a Civil Rights Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and the Carter Center, Atlanta is often seen as the headquarters for civil rights and social justice.  Atlanta is a city fueled by many cultures and is a significant immigration center. Participants are greeted with southern hospitality while serving people who may be mentally disabled and/or struggling with homelessness, or helping recent immigrants transition into a home.  These experiences help DOOR Atlanta participants break down some of the stereotypes that people often have of those in the city and see the face of God in those with whom they interact.

Social Justice in the City (Hartford, Connecticut)

Participants will be working with the Hartford Catholic Worker House and serving in the greater Hartford area with a variety of service agencies.  The aim of this trip is to both learn about Catholic Social Teaching and the Catholic Worker movement, as well as put these lessons into practice via their service engagements in the Hartford area.

Refugee Resettlement (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.

Restoration, Resilience, Re-Engagement (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Participants will be working at the St. Bernard Project where they will assist in the rebuilding of homes for families who cannot afford to do so themselves.  They will be spending their afternoons serving meals through the city through NOLA missions.  Each evening they will be engaged in educational experiences about New Orleans and the continued rebuilding after hurricane Katrina provided by the Sisters at Duchesne House.

Building Affordable Housing (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

Participants will be working with Habitat for Humanity’s collegiate challenge, through Forsythe Habitat for Humanity in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Their work will include construction, thrift store work, and donation procurement, alongside homeowners serving to help build their home and the homes of their neighbors. Students will be working to help the Forsyth Habitat meet its mission of seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Urban Community Development (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Participants will be working with the Daughters of Charity at St. Vincent De Paul in Philadelphia. Students will be engaged in both educational activities as well as service grounding in Catholic Social Teaching, the corporal works of mercy, and the mission of St. Vincent De Paul.

Hospitality for the Homeless (Phoenix, Arizona)

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.

Disaster Relief (Beaumont, Texas)

Participants will be working with Community Collaborations with Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts in Beaumont, TX.  Initial focus will be on preparing flooded homes for restoration, which includes muckout, gutting, cleaning and sanitizing, mold control and remediation, and finally reconstruction.

Homebound Food Assistance (Washington, D.C.)

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.