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The following have been confirmed as M.A.P. destinations for 2020.
CrossRoads Ministry – Louisville, Kentucky (6-12)
“Radical relationships. Rooted in justice. Reshaping lives.” It is the mission of this ministry seated in the heart of urban Louisville. CrossRoads is a nonprofit outreach ministry and retreat center connected to St. William Catholic Church in Louisville. Students will be working on many projects where the focus will include immigration, hunger and homelessness, and community care.
De La Salle Academy – St. Louis, Missouri (6)
This public charter school, located in North St. Louis, is known for its innovative education, providing resources to students who are facing poverty and homelessness. Students will need to dress as if they are teacher’s aides and offer tutoring and one-on-one mentorship to the students. This site is special because students return each day and work with the same students, providing an opportunity to develop a good relationship with those you serve.
The Firestone Center – Flint, Michigan (7)
The Firestone Center offers a way for students to connect with other students, families, researchers and influential members in Flint. Our students will help by making an impact through mentoring students in inner-city schools, providing services to the unemployed and revitalizing the neighborhoods in Flint.
Habitat for Humanity – Enid, Oklahoma (10)
Enid, population 50,000, exhibits a strong sense of community that students get to be a part. Students will work with the local Habitat chapter to build a house for an Enid family. This may entail beginning work, such as framing, roofing and siding the house, or later stages, such as painting and building flower beds.
L’Arche – Erie, Pennsylvania (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 lakefront with the wheelchair group, spending the day with community members, or going shopping with elderly members of the community. This service is focused more on the ministry of presence rather than a lot of physical work. It still will leave you exhausted at the end of the day, more from joy and the special sense of love that you achieve when you work with the community of L’Arche. The group may be split up to live in different houses during the week but will meet each day for activities.
Mosaic Bethphage Village – Axtell, Nebraska (6-12)
Since 1913, Mosaic villages have served those with intellectual disabilities. Students will engage in ministry of presence with the 100 residents and form relationships with them throughout the week. Students will also perform light work around the campus, including helping with special projects and stocking their food pantry.
New Hope Farm – Dubuque, Iowa (4)
The farm is also connected to the a Catholic Worker house and the local Mission for homeless men. Students will help with various tasks around the farm and thrift stores, cook and eat meals with residents at the Catholic Worker house, and assist the local mission. There are many things to do while you live within the community that you serve.
Our Lady of the Sioux Parish – Oglala, South Dakota (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.
ReStart Inc. – Kansas City, Missouri (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.
Resurrection Catholic Missions – Montgomery, Alabama (12)
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 assisting with the addiction counseling program.
Smithson Craighead Academy – Nashville, Tennessee (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 Sisters who work tirelessly with this community.
St. Paul’s Home – Cincinnati, Ohio (6)
The Little Sisters of the Poor offer a home to elderly in need. This agency has been a friend to M.A.P. for a long time. Our students love the daily storytelling with the residents, playing cards, or doing anything needed by the sisters.