The following have been confirmed as M.A.P. destinations for 2017.
Catholic Worker House - Detroit, MI (5)
The Day House is located in the inner city of Detroit, just a few blocks from Tiger Stadium. Since the group lives in community with those it serves (the living room is reserved for their space) they blend into the daily chores and responsibilities of a home, grounded in the Catholic Worker Movement, founded by Dorothy Day. In the morning, students will help prepare and serve food at the soup kitchen.
Civic League – Clincho, VA (12)
The town of Clinchco is a small, rural community of about 250 that has faced increasing poverty due to the decline of the coal industry. Students will assist individual families with their homes by completing minor housing rehabilitation projects such as repairing porches, installing floors, painting, and basic yardwork. In addition, students will have the opportunity to complete community-wide projects such as a community clean-up or painting a mural.
Crossroads Ministry – Louisville, KY (12)
CrossRoads Ministry offers urban retreat experiences which invite people to be transformed through building relationships at the margins, engaging in prayer, and integrating the Gospel vision of peace and justice into their lives. Students will have the opportunity to meet some of the needs, both physical and relational, of those most in need in Louisville.
De La Salle Academy – St. Louis, MO (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 aids and offer tutoring and 1:1 mentorship to the students. This site is special as it offers a daily return of working with the same students and opportunity to developing a good relationship with those you serve.
Habitat for Humanity – Enid, OK (12)
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, 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.
Hope House Catholic Worker – Dubuque, IA (6)
This Catholic Worker house is also connected to a Catholic Worker Farm and the local Mission for homeless men. Students will be asked to help organize the pantry, cook meals, share community time, babysit children, and engage in any of needs of the local community in helping the homeless population. There are many things to do while you live within the community that you serve.
L’Arche – Erie, PA (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. 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.
Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin – Keshena, WI (6)
Keshena, WI is home to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Students will work with the community to better understand the social justice issues faced by the Menominee tribe and to further their cultural understanding of some of the First Peoples that have been here since the creation of the Menominee people. Students will be serving with a local parish, St. Joseph’s.
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels - Chicago, IL (12)
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels strives to bring hope to the neighborhood of West Humboldt Park, Chicago. 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.
Our Lady of the Sioux Parish – Oglala, SD (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.
REACH – Roanoke, VA (12)
REACH in Roanoke is an organization that connects volunteers to populations in need in Roanoke, particularly in working to ensure the dignity of every person. Students will get the opportunity in particular to engage with the immigrant population through understanding and overcoming the difficulties associated with immigrating to the United States.
Readiness Center - Benton Harbor, MI (6)
The Readiness Center in Benton Harbor seeks to further the education of the entire family with afterschool programs, teen mentoring, and preschool that allows parents and children to learn and grow together. Students will be working with children in after school programs doing tutoring and homework help.
ReStart, Inc. - Kansas City, MO (10)
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, AL (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 assist with the addiction counseling program.
Smithson Craighead Academy - Nashville, TN (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.
St. Paul’s Home - Cincinnati, OH (12)
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.
St. Vincent de Paul Center- Philadelphia, PA (6)
The St. Vincent de Paul Center in Philadelphia connects volunteers with the community of Philadelphia by serving in a number of different ministries. Students will have the opportunity to assist in many different areas, including the thrift store, after school program, food pantry, and soup kitchen.
Social Justice Volunteer Center – Flint, MI (6)
This is a new program for M.A.P. but a familiar program for Flint, with a new housing twist. The “Center” has been coordinating groups to social justice needs in Flint and has just opened a newly renovated rectory to house groups of students. While in Flint, the students will do a different service project each morning followed by an afternoon of engagement, more relational or “ministry of presence.” Options may include working with the local Habit group, organizing a donation room at a parish, prepping and serving a meal, offering tutoring for a local school, or any number of needs that are in the community of Flint.