Domestic Winter BreakOuts

Registration opens October 13, 2014

--except for the Immersion to Los Angeles. Please submit that application by October 10, 2014

During Winter Break, you can spend your time learning about a different part of the country, meeting new people, sharing about yourself and helping others.  Winter BreakOuts are a great way to get off campus for a short time and do something that can truly enhance your college experience and your life.

These trips will fill on a first come-first serve basis.  If a trip is full, you can still apply and be put on a waiting list.  Registration will close on October 22, 2014, unless there is still space on a trip (Registration for LA trip will close on October 10).

The cost of the trip covers transportation, lodging, and most food. Plan on bringing some spending money for snacks and other needs along the way. Some funds have been set aside for partial scholarships based on need (contact Mary Niebler for scholarship requests). Full payment for BreakOut trip is due December 5. If payment is not received by then, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after December 5.

If you would like more information about any of the trips below, contact Mary Niebler at 937-229-2012 or e-mail her

Amate House

Chicago, IL

January 4-10, 2015

Cost: $200

Students on the Chicago BreakOut will stay with and shadow yearlong volunteers at Amate House. Volunteers with the Amate House live in community houses in the neighborhoods in which they serve. They provide critical tasks for nonprofits, schools and churches in the area. This BreakOut will provide students with a taste of what is like to live and work in the social service realm of Chicago. Plans are for students to work in schools, homeless shelters, a food pantry, and a homeless advocacy organization.

Registration opens October 13

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Project Homecoming

New Orleans, LA

January 4-10, 2015

Cost: $200

This trip is a great combination of hands-on service, reflection, prayer, learning and cultural immersion.  The group will do hands-on service continuing the rebuilding process in New Orleans' neighborhoods through Project Homecoming, staying at their residence, the Olive Tree.  Evenings will include guest speakers or other opportunities to deepen understanding of the political, environmental, ethnic and class dimensions of the suffering brought on by hurricane Katrina and theological reflection on the topics.  The trip will conclude with a visit to the historic French Quarter.

Registration opens October 13

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Solsberry Hill

Bloomington, IN

January 5-9, 2015

Cost:  $200

Participants will spend the week building community through acts of service and prayer in the spirit of simplicity. Solsberry Hill Retreat Center serves local non-profit agencies that respond to the injustices of substandard housing, inadequate senior care, underprivileged children, sparse homeless care, and inequity of food distribution. Participants will stay in a hand crafted retreat center in the quiet rolling hills of Indiana.

Registration opens October 13

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Hubbard House and Catholic Urban Programs

East St. Louis, IL

January 4-10, 2015

Cost: $200

This immersion into East St Louis works in conjunction with the Hubbard House, Catholic Urban Programs, and Marianist brothers.  Students will stay at the Hubbard House, and learn about social issues and life in East St Louis.  Students will be able to grow relationships with others through a variety of hands on service as well.  Placements may include:  helping at a day care, working with senior citizens, helping in a soup kitchen, tutoring adults and children, and working at a homeless shelter. The variety of jobs to be done and of people to meet provides a great inner-city experience.

Registration opens October 13

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Marianist University Collaborative Immersion

Los Angeles, CA

January 3-10, 2015

Applications for this trip only are due by October 10.

Cost: $250 (the rest will be subsidized by a generous grant from the Association of Marianist Universities)

This will be the fourth year we participate in a collaborative Winter Immersion/ BreakOut experience to Los Angeles with the other two Marianist Universities: Chaminade and St Mary’s. It should again prove to be an educational and rewarding experience. Students will engage in a variety of learning and service-based organizations throughout LA. They will also work on Marianist leadership skills together and discuss what it means to be a leader at a Marianist University and in the world. We are looking for students familiar with the Marianist mission and willing to take part in this exciting experience.

Check out the blog posts from last year.

Download application.

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