Posts Tagged With: Urban Poverty

It’s About More than Sheetrock

			IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN SHEETROCK Service involves solidarity—finding common cause with others, particularly with those in need. Solidarity involves long-term partnerships, community building, time, and trust. That’s why Wheeling Jesuit students continue to serve in New Orleans nine years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city. During winter break, fourteen students and two staff joined our friends at Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (yrno.com) hanging drywall in a rebuilt house in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood. But it’s about more than sheetrock: it’s about the relationships, the interactions with organizations and individuals that, in the words of Elizabeth Nawrocki, ’16, “showed hope for the area in the future.”

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Immersion Trip to Camden, NJ

 

We welcome back everyone from Fall Break, but especially the students that participated on recent immersion trips.  One group went to better understand urban poverty in Camden, NJ, where through the Romero Center, served with locals at a health fair for the underinsured as well as the wheelchair-bound residents of the Inglis House.  Reflections and learning activities also allowed students to step out of their comfort zones, especially during one day’s challenge to eat three meals with only $3.  The SSAC would also like to give a shout-out to the Appalachian Experience Club that spent their break chopping wood for the Sisters of Big Laurel Ecology Center in Mingo County, WV.  It is inspiring to see the great work done both in urban and rural places.

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Return of the Summer Immersion Trips

School’s out for summer!  We hope everyone is  enjoying their break as a chance to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with your home communities.  It certainly is quiet around the WJU campus.  We recently celebrated  the safe return of two immersion trips.  Our Sophomore Arrupe Service Scholars were in Mingo County, WV learning and serving in a beautiful region of rural Appalachia.  They performed farm chores with the Sisters at Big Laurel Ecology Center and helped at a kid’s camp.  The Junior Arrupe Scholars found themselves in the opposite environment of urban Camden, NJ where they volunteered through the Romero Center as well as simulated what it’s like to live as a working poor person in a major city.  We hope you enjoyed our postcard!

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WJU Receives Community Service Award!

WE DID IT!  Wheeling Jesuit University has been admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll!  Let us congratulate the university students and staff who gave their time (26,000 hours 	 last year alone!) and also to our community partners that allowed them  to make such an impact in the Ohio Valley and beyond. 	Speaking of doing great things… WJU students have returned from an immersion trip in Nashville where they learned about urban poverty and how organizations are making a difference.  Some Arrupe scholars also made the most of their Spring Break by leading 59 participants from 4 schools on immersion trips throughout West Virginia.  Keep up the 					great work everyone and enjoy this awesome weather!

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