All Spring Break Immersions are Sunday, March 3 - Saturday, March 9, 2019, unless otherwise indicated.
Click below for more information on each site:
- Appalachian Institute - Wheeling, West Virginia
- Bethlehem Farm - West Virginia
- Carriage House - Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Darst Center - Chicago, IL
- Dorothy Day Catholic Worker - Washington, D.C.
- Firestone Center: Flint, MI
- Hubbard House - East St. Louis, Illinois
- Heifer Ranch - Perryville, AR
- Jerusalem Farm - Kansas City, Missouri
- Joppa Mountain - Tennessee
- Marian Middle School - St. Louis, Missouri
- Nativity Middle School - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Nazareth Farm - West Virginia
- Pine Ridge Reservation - South Dakota
- Tantre Organic Farm - Chelsea, Michigan
Appalachian Institute - Wheeling, West Virginia
Focus: Healthcare, Appalachian Culture
This immersion exposes students to the difficulties of health care in rural areas to low-income individuals who have significant chronic health problems based on work-related demands, lifestyle choice, and heredity, but neither the transportation nor insurance needed to access the limited health services available in their communities. Participants can expect meaningful relationships with the people of Appalachia as well as education about some of the big picture issues facing the area including a visit to a mountain top removal site.
Host Community: Appalachian Institute.
Bethlehem Farm - West Virginia
Focus: Rural Housing Insecurity, Appalachian Culture
Bethlehem Farm is a Catholic community in Appalachia that transforms lives through service with the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices. Volunteers are invited to live the Gospel cornerstones of service, prayer, simplicity and community. While the primary work at Bethlehem Farm is home repair, volunteers can also expect meaningful relationships with the people of Appalachia as well as education around sustainability including solar power, local food production and overall waste reduction. The staff at Bethlehem Farm facilitates the week and Loyola volunteers will join groups from 2-3 other Universities.
Host Community: Bethlehem Farm
Carriage House - Fort Wayne, IN
Carriage House is a program with the singular mission of assisting people in their recovery from mental illness and reintegration into the community. In a non-traditional setting, "members" work side-by-side with staff on meaningful activities, building the confidence and self-esteem necessary to reclaim their lives. Through assistance with employment, education, housing, benefits, and other needs, the Carriage House ensures that members have real opportunities to return to their lives. Students will spend the week at Carriage House in Fort Wayne, IN sharing life and learning with members of the community, working side by side with people currently in treatment, and spending time learning about the advocacy Carriage House is participating in to take away the stigma that comes with mental illness.
Host Community: Carriage House - Fort Wayne, IN
Darst Center - Chicago, IL
Focus: Urban Issues
The Brother David Darst Center is a social justice education center located on the southside of Chicago, in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Founded in 2002 as a ministry of the De LaSalle Christian Brothers, the Darst Center provides opportunities for youth and young adults to see more clearly the faces pushed to the margins of our society. The retreat/service experience serves as a tool to explore issues of justice and the reality of oppression. Through partnerships with local agencies, participants will get to know people, to challenge stereotypes, to confront fears, and break down barriers. This immersion will be Saturday, March 1-Wednesday, March 6 and Loyola will share the week with 1 other group of University students.
Host Community: Darst Center
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker - Washington, D.C.
Focus: Justice & Peace Making
The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House is a community of hospitality and resistance focused on hospitality to low income families and advocacy for peace and justice. Explore the roots of the American non-violence movement at the D.C. Catholic Worker. This experience will happen centrally through non-violence training, public peace activism and vigils, presentations by local activist groups as well as community living and prayer. Because of the preparation needed and intensity of the material and direct actions, this immersion is geared toward students who have participated in an ABI before.
Host Community: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
Firestone Center - Flint, MI
Focus: Urban Issues, Community Revitalization
Flint, MI was once a booming hub of economic opportunity, fueled largely by the automobile industry, but the city sank into deep economic depression when GM downsized its workforce in the 1980s. The city became the focus of national attention in 2014 when mismanagement of the city’s water supply lead to lead contamination and an outbreak of Legionnaire disease. This crisis disproportionally effected children, low income individuals and people of color. Still, community leaders and organizations have rallied together for change. Participants will spend days doing some direct service in the local community and learning from community activists and organizers about what has been done and what is left to do. Loyola will share the space with 1 other group of University students.
Host Community: Firestone Center
Heifer Project Ranch - Perryville, AR
Focus: Global Poverty, Sustainability
Heifer Ranch is a 1200 acre education and sustainable agriculture center that provides opportunities for participants to engage in experiential activities such as teambuilding, educational sessions, an overnight village experience and hands-on service projects in the garden, maintenance and livestock departments. All activities are designed to increase understanding of the global hunger and poverty issues that Heifer International encounters in the field. By experiencing these activities, participants will gain a greater understanding of how Heifer creates lasting change in communities around the world. This immersion is Sunday, March 3- Friday March 8.
Host Community: Heifer Project Ranch
Hubbard House - East St. Louis, IL
Focus: Urban Issues
Hubbard House in East St. Louis, IL is an extension of the Catholic Urban Programs whose mission is to advance the dignity of the human person through compassionate response to human needs, advocacy for justice, and the empowerment of individuals and families to reach their full potential. Live and learn about the history and struggles of East St Louis while volunteering with members of Hubbard House during your immersion. Through advocating and discussing systematic change and serving those who serve, participants can gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding the persistence of urban poverty.
Host Community: Hubbard House
Jerusalem Farm - Kansas City, MO
Focus: Urban Housing Insecurity
Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic intentional community located in Kansas City, MO. Built on the four cornerstones of prayer, community, service and simplicity Jerusalem Farm strives to transform lives through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair. Most of the physical labor at Jerusalem Farm is home repair, but volunteers might also work at a soup kitchen/food pantry or tutor youth at an after school program. There will also be work each day in the kitchen and garden as well as dialogue about justice, sustainability and current events in Kansas City. The staff at Jerusalem Farm facilitates the week and Loyola volunteers will join groups from 2-3 other Universities.
Host Community: Jerusalem Farm
Joppa Mountain - Tennessee
Focus: Rural Housing Insecurity, Appalachian and Latino Culture
This ABI is open to First Year Students ONLY.
Joppa Mountain is a mission of Glenmary Home Missioners in Grainger County, TN, a unique community of both Appalachian and Latino cultures. Volunteers will spend the week doing home repair in the area, working at a local food pantry, and visiting a local nursing home. Evenings might be spent visiting local church communities, enjoying local music and artistry and learning more about the community. This retreat-like immersion experience in Eastern Tennessee blends service, education, prayer, reflection and sharing in an environment of simple living. The staff at Joppa Mountain facilitates the week and Loyola will join groups from 1-2 other Universities for the week.
Host Community: Joppa Mountain and Glenmary Missioners
Marian Middle School - St. Louis, MO
This ABI is only open to students who identify as women.
Marian Middle School serves low income, urban adolescent girls from the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, representing over 20 different zip codes and is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by fostering comprehensive development as a foundation for college readiness. Marian is based off the Nativity/Miguel model of education that features an extended school day, a low student-to-teacher ratio, ensured time for one-on-one instruction, and a commitment to support their graduates through high school and guide them on to college. Students will provide mentorship, tutoring and role modeling to students at Marian Middle, while learning about the racial realities of St. Louis, empowerment in marginalized communities and reflecting on their own identity as women. Students who participate in this ABI must complete a VIRTUS Safe Environment Training through the Catholic Church.
Host Community: Marian Middle School
Nativity Middle School - Milwaukee, WI
Open only to students who identify as students of color.
Nativity Jesuit Academy is a K4-8 Catholic middle school serving Latino students from low-income families in the heart of the south side of Milwaukee, granting the gift of a strong, faith based, and well-rounded education to underserved Latino youth. It is a Nativity/Miguel model that features an extended school day, a low student-to-teacher ratio, ensured time for one-on-one instruction, and a commitment to support their graduates through high school and guide them on to college. Students will provide mentorship, tutoring and role modeling to students at Nativity Jesuit Academy, while learning about the racial realities of Milwaukee, empowerment in marginalized communities and reflecting on their own identity as students of color.
Host Community: Nativity Jesuit Middle School
Nazareth Farm - West Virginia
Focus: Rural Housing Insecurity, Appalachian Culture
Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-retreat experience. Founded on the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service, Nazareth Farm seeks to empower and work with its neighbors while celebrating God in all things and especially the richness of Appalachian culture. While the primary work at Nazareth Farm is home repair, volunteers can also expect meaningful relationships with the people of Appalachia as well as education around the issues effecting the local community. The staff at Nazareth Farm facilitates the week and Loyola volunteers will join groups from 2-3 other Universities.
Host Community: Nazareth Farm
Pine Ridge Reservation - South Dakota
Focus: Education and Lakota Culture
The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe of Native Americans. Pine Ridge is beautiful in its rolling hills, and its spiritual and cultural heritage and yet tragic in its history of massacre, broken treaties and poverty. Students will be immersed into the unique homeland of the Lakota people, witnessing both the poverty and the hope. We will meet and work with students and teachers at Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit-run Elementary and High School that seeks to promote Lakota and Catholic values among the youth. Students will plan and present an original mini-curriculum so this ABI is especially geared toward education majors. Students who participate in this ABI must complete a VIRTUS Safe Environment Training through the Catholic Church. This immersion is Saturday, March 1-Sunday March 10.
Host Community: Pine Ridge Reservation
Tantre Organic Farm - Chelsea, MI
Focus: Environmental Issues
Tantre Farm is a certified organic farm 20 miles west of Ann Arbor, MI. The farm sells its produce, including various fruit crops, 50 varieties of vegetables and a small variety of herbs and flowers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, at local stores and restaurants as well as at area farmer's markets. The farm is situated on 40 acres of wetland, woods, and sandy-loam fields. Richard and Deb, along with their daughter Ariana, live on-site year round. Seasonal workers, interns and volunteers join the family at various parts of the year, living and working together. Participants should be prepared for early mornings, homegrown food, manual labor and conversations about food sustainability and our ecological footprint.
Host Community: Tantre Organic Farm