The following have been confirmed as M.A.P. destinations for 2016.
Benton Harbor, MI - Readiness Center (6)
Founded in 1980, the Readiness Center helps families of Benton Harbor break the cycle of poverty by educating the entire family. The center provides a variety of educational opportunities for both parents and their school children. Volunteers will assist with the preschool programs as well as the center's other ministries.
Blackville, SC - Civic League (12)
In Blackville, SC, the city is working to assist the local summer camp with preparing for the upcoming camping season by cleaning up the camp. Volunteers would also work with the nursing home visiting with the elderly by playing games, talking about life experiences, etc. Blackville would like to send volunteers out into the neighborhoods and assist the elderly with minor repairs on their homes.
Canton, MS - MadCAAP (12)
Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty is a community agency dedicated to eradicating poverty in the town of Canton, MS and throughout Madison County. Typical projects working with MadCAAP include home repairs such as painting, installing siding and basic carpentry work. Participants typically spend time getting to know the home owners who live in poverty and may work alongside them on their home. This trip supplies hands-on education about the problem of extreme poverty in the United States and what one community is doing to combat it.
Chicago, IL - Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (12)
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels strives to bring hope to the neighborhood of West Humboldt Park. The Mission runs food pantries serving 700 families per month, an afterschool program for at risk youth and a Catholic resource center as well as senior citizen programs. Look forward to tutoring kids in grades 2-8, working and playing with children, working with the elderly, and serving meals. You may also help with cleaning, moving donations, and doing minor home repair or yard work.
Cincinnati, OH - Little Sisters of the Poor - (7)
Little Sisters offers a home to elderly in need. M.A.P. participants work alongside volunteers and full-time staff to serve the elderly, sorting canned goods, and shelving donations.
Detroit, MI - Detroit Catholic Worker (6)
The Detroit Catholic Worker or Day House is in the inner city neighborhoods of Detroit, just a few blocks from Tiger Stadium. In the morning, students will help prepare and serve food at the soup kitchen. Some help may also be needed during the day to answer the phone or door, prepare meals, or clean the house. The rest of the time the group is free to help with any social justice activities at the house.
Enid, OK - Habitat for Humanity (12)
Enid, Oklahoma is home to about 50,000 people, and exhibits a strong sense of community that students will feel very much a part of. Students will work with the local Habitat chapter to build a house for an Enid, OK family. This may entail beginning work, such as framing, roofing, and siding the house, or later stages, such as painting and building flower beds. Usually, students are able to build the house alongside the family who will be living there.
Erie, PA - L’Arche Communities (4)
L’Arche communities attempt to build a normalized family environment for the mentally and physically disabled. Students will have the opportunity to live and work with the community members in a variety of capacities. Activities may include touring local malls or walking along the lake front with the wheelchair group, spending the day with community members, or going shopping with the elderly members of the community. Not a very physically challenging trip, yet emotionally, it will leave you exhausted at the end of the day. The group may be split up to live in different houses during the week, but will meet up each day for activities. In Erie, the activities may include assisting with daily activities (cooking, cleaning, etc.) and yard work.
Kansas City, MO - Kansas City Rescue Mission (6)
The Kansas City Rescue Mission works to empower the homeless in Kansas City by helping them break the cycle of poverty and addiction. Volunteers will help the Rescue Mission and those it serves by serving meals, helping with game nights, and working on building maintenance. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with those you serve.
Montgomery, AL - Resurrection Catholic Missions (6)
Located in the capital of Alabama, Resurrection Catholic Missions reaches out to the community around it. Some of the things that you may do here include assisting in the child care center, working in Resurrection Catholic School (tutoring, P.E., reading, etc.), assisting with the elderly outreach program, gardening, or assist with the addiction counseling program.
Nashville, TN – Smithson Craighead Academy – (12)
Smithson Craighead Academy is the first charter school in Nashville, serving approximately 260 children, grades k – 4. Our students help with tutoring within the school or other projects around the school, depending on whether school is in session during our week of break. If you like teaching and like young children, this is a great site to learn how this community is reaching out to the poor with this award winning service. Housing is with the Dominican Sister’s who work tirelessly with this community.
Oglala, SD – Pine Ridge Reservation (12)
The projects and immersion will be in connection with Our Lady of the Sioux Parish. Volunteers will be introduced into the culture, social justice issues, and the people of Oglala and Red Cloud Missionary system. The work will be specifically through Our Lady of the Sioux Parish in collaboration with the pastoral associate, who is an active member of the Oglala Sioux tribe.
St. Louis, MO - De La Salle Middle School (6)
This is a Jesuit Parish which has been serving the African-American community of St. Louis for many years. People serving in this placement can expect to do nursing home visitation, youth programming and activities, home repair, and even gardening. You can be sure you will have good contacts with people in this needy, yet vibrant community.