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Dorothy Day Service Learning Placements

All of the sites for the Dorothy Day Social Justice Living Learning Community were carefully chosen to coincide with your course content for both fall and spring semesters.  Please review all site options. 

Keep in mind this placement will be for the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year.  On-site orientations are MANDATORY, so please only consider sites that fit in to your schedule and orientations you will be able to attend.

Rank your top 4 choices using the form attached to your selection procedure e-mail, and send it to Please return the selection placement form with a copy of your class and work schedule.


AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin-Prevention Department

Address: 3716 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Transportation: Take the #30 bus going west on Wisconsin Avenue. Get off the bus at 37th and Wisconsin and walk west.  Site is located just west of Midas- the first door under the blue awning. Taking a car would require you to find parking.

Approximate Travel Time By Car: 5 minutes
Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 10 minutes

Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Wednesday 10:00am-6:00pm, Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm, Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Description of Agency/Activities: The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc. (ARCW) is a private, nonprofit health and social service agency that works to confront and alleviate the effects of HIV disease in Wisconsin. ARCW provides aggressive HIV education and prevention, access to comprehensive services for people affected by HIV disease, clinical research on HIV treatment, and HIV advocacy. This also includes providing HIV and Hepatitis C prevention education to clients.

Student Role in Agency: Service learners will assist in the prevention department with the clean needle exchange. This is a harm reduction program that is aimed to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through needle usage. Students will prepare starter packs as well as assist in the exchanges of clean needles for dirty ones through Lifepoint Needle Exchange.

Requirements: Students must have a TB test. This can be done at your home doctor, Student Health Services ($5), or at ARCW, and a volunteer application must be filled out.

Other: Students will be working in a professional environment, therefore, professional behavior is expected. The site depends on the volunteers each week, so students should be on time and ready to go every week.



Central City Churches

Address: 3022 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Transportation: Take #30 bus west on Wisconsin Ave. Get off at 29th and Wisconsin. The ministry is housed in the basement of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. The entrance is on the west side of the building. If the entrance is locked, enter from the back of the building and go downstairs.

Approximate Travel Time By Car: 3 minutes

Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 5 minutes

Days/Hours of Operation: Food Pantry: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-12pm.

Description of Activities: Central City Churches Outreach Ministry is a neighborhood outreach ministry for the surrounding Milwaukee community. It assists people who are in need of housing, food, employment services, and companionship. Service Learners would need an open mind and an open heart for this placement. The core of this ministry is hospitality, respect, and compassion. It aims to respond faithfully to its neighbors and their emergent needs with direct service, information and referral.

Student Role in Ministry: Pantry Assistant: Service Learners will assist in the inventory, organization, and distribution of food and necessities to our "neighbors in need."



Guest House of Milwaukee

Address: 1216 N. 13th Street

Transportation: Within walking distance.

Approximate Travel Time By Car:  2 minutes

Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 10 minutes

Days/Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 7:00am-8:00pm

Description of Agency:  The Guest House provides shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. Founded in 1981 by the Central City Churches, the Guest House offers emergency shelter, transitional shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing for homeless adult men. Services provided include: case management, benefits counseling, AODA treatment and support groups, mental health counseling, education, employability skills assessment, job training and placement, access to primary health care and psychiatric services (including medication monitoring), and referrals to other community-based agencies and providers.

Student Role in Agency: Students will assist staff in daily duties and responsibilities of the Residential Services department. Students will be expected to provide quality customer services to guests living in the shelter and/or accessing our programs as well as to donors and visitors of the Guest House. Students participating in Service Learning at this site will also have the opportunity, and are strongly encouraged, to lead classes for the clients of the Guest House. These presentations are flexible and will be negotiated with Erik Koepnick, Manager of Volunteer Services.



International Learning Center

Address:Central United Methodist Church,639 N 25th Street

***International Learning Center is in the lower level of the church. Use the door off the parking lot in the rear.

Transportation:Walk or take any bus west on Wisconsin Ave. The church is on the corner of 25th and Wisconsin, on the south side of the street.

Approximate Travel Time: Bus: 5 Minutes, Car: 2 Minutes

Days/Hours of Operation: ESL morning classes Monday-Thursday 8:30am-10:30am & 10:30am-12:00pm. ESL evening classes Monday and Wednesday 5:30pm-8:00pm. Citizenship classes Wednesday 5:30pm-8:00pm.

Description of Agency/Activities:The purpose of the International Learning Center is to provide English language and communication skills to Southeast Asian and African adult refugees who have had little or no prior education in their own country. Most students function at a 4th grade reading level or lower. A primary goal is to help students regain their self-sufficiency and become contributing members of the community. The curriculum emphasizes practical life skills and job readiness. Students are taught to speak, read, and write at a level required to perform such tasks as filling out job applications, making appointments, finding a job, and attending a parent-teacher conference.

Regular program activities include English classes from entry to Pre-GED levels, helping in the math lab and computer lab, tutoring, bilingual assistance, and family literacy. A preschool for 2 1/2 -5 year olds is provided while adult students are in class.

Whole group instruction is used for English classes. Class size ranges from 15-20. Math lab allows students to work at their own level and pace. Students' skill levels vary from addition and subtraction to pre-algebra. In the computer lab, students learn basic word processing and practice skills using educational software.

Student Role in Agency: Students will assist with tutoring in small groups and may be asked to work one-on-one with a student. Students may also be assisting in the math or computer labs where they will be assisting adult learners in basic word processing or using educational software. Citizenship volunteers facilitate a class of low literacy adults studying to pass the citizenship test. All materials would be provided by the full-time instructor. One person for both days for continuity. Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

Commitment:Orientation plus 3 hours per week throughout the semester. Site Coordinator requests that you notify her when it's your last week of service. Also if you attend this site it has to be equivalent to a JOB PRIORITY. If you miss without contacting the site, you will no longer be able to complete your service.

Attendance at this site is very important, so please call if you are going to be absent.

Requirements: Background check must be cleared and a volunteer application must be filled out.



Journey House

Address: 2110 West Scott Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204


Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 10 minutes

Approximate Travel Time By Car: 8 minutes

Days/Hours of Operation: Varies

Description of Agency/Activities: This site is a neighborhood community center serving adults from Milwaukee's south side. The Journey House is a neighborhood infrastructure that works with the community utilizing a self-help philosophy. Adult programming offers a flexible schedule of programs that feature the following: Basic Skills/GED, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Spanish GED.

Student Role in Agency:

After School Program Volunteers: Volunteers will be asked to assist in a variety of activities depending on the needs of the students in attendance. These activities include tutoring, small group facilitation and large group activities.

Urban Career: Volunteers will work with the work readiness program.  Working with the ambassador program, which consists of young adults who go through financial, customer service, and leadership coaching.  Participants also so a “beautification” of the surrounding neighborhood. 

Commitment: Orientation plus 3 hours weekly throughout both the spring and fall semester.


Contact Us

Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
707 N. 11th St. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

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