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Soul Immersion Trips - Spring Break 2018
Hosted By: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Mary's Univeristy of Minnesota
Winona, MN 55987
Start Time: 2/24/2018 5:00 PM
End Time: 3/3/2018 8:00 PM
Time Zone: Central
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This Spring Break, S.O.U.L. (Serving Others United in Love) will offer five different immersion trips to allow students the opportunity to serve together, build relationships, and reflect on issues of systematic poverty and injustice. Students who participate in these trips will work together to prepare, fundraise, and build community prior to the trips.

Flint, Michigan - In Flint, we will be staying with an organization created by Saint Mary's Alumni, Steve Wolbert. Steve and his team welcome students to Flint to learn about inner city poverty issues and how corporations affect populations when they leave cities. Service locations are varied and could include working at a job empowerment center where women and children receive education and training to improve their lives, cleaning abandoned properties, a home for children, or homeless missions. This trip will focus on how people are working to improve a city that has unique challenges. Cost for this trip is $250.


Browning, MT - An immersion into rural poverty, this trip has been happening for years as a part of Saint Mary's S.O.U.L. program. De La Salle Blackfeet School is a San Miguel-model middle school which opened 15 years ago on the Blackfeet Reservation to offer a faith-based education in a community very affected by drugs, alcohol, and teenage pregnancy. This immersion will be school-based with opportunities to listen to community leaders talk about the Native American culture and the challenges the community has. Cost for this trip is $300.

Tulsa, OK - This trip will be in partnership with Bishop Kelley High School and the San Miguel school in Tulsa, both sponsored by the Midwest District of Christian Brothers. We will primarily work with middle school kids. The president of the school is hoping to set up a field trip for us to accompany kids on, a soccer tournament, and a chance to work with kids in soccer skills and in the classroom. Tulsa currently has one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States, so it is greatly in need of strong education for kids to keep them safe and give them opportunities. We will also visit Oklahoma City and the Federal Building memorial where a bombing took place in 1995, killing 168 people. Cost for this trip is $250.

New Orleans, Louisiana - This trip will focus on continued relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Students will stay with the Sisters of Charity at the House of Charity. The focus of service will be addressing needs created by a natural disaster and learning about how this event continues to affect families and the community. Work will include mostly home repair and cleaning.
Hallmarks of the House of Charity include prayer, reflection, service, hospitality and intentional community. Cost for this trip is $300.

Rochester, New York - This trip will involve spending time with a women's religious community as well as serving in the Rochester area in schools, soup kitchens, retirement homes, a health clinic, and a Catholic Worker House. Students will learn how poverty, addiction and mental illness have affected the Rochester area as well as what committed people are doing to care for others and work toward systematic change. This trip will have a strong emphasis on learning about Catholic Social Teaching and experiencing how one community lives, prays and works together. Cost of this trip is $250.

A $100 deposit is due prior to December 1 to confirm a spot. If you are not selected for a trip your deposit will be refunded. If you are in need of help paying for the trip, please contact Colleen Dunne in 132 Vlazny Hall. Deadline to sign up is November 17, and no refunds will be offered to those who are selected and choose not to attend after February 1st. Differences in the cost of the trips reflects cost differences in travel, accommodations, and food.

All students who sign up are expected to participate in the following:

Regularly scheduled planning Meetings
A group fundraising dinner to be held the weekend of February 2 and 3rd
All prayer, reflection, and community activities of preparing for the trip and the trip

Event Deadlines / Fees:
Registrant Type Deadline Name Deadline Date Fee
Soul Spring Break Soul 11/19/2017 $100.00
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