Domestic Winter BreakOuts 2017

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.

Applications will open October 10, 2016 and are due November 18, 2016. 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. Sign up now!

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 15. If payment is not received by then, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  If you want to pay by credit card, you can do so at Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after December 15.

If you would like more information about any of the trips below, contact Mary Niebler

Amate House

Chicago, IL

January 8-14, 2017

Cost: $250

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.

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The Romero Center Urban Challenge

Camden, NJ

January 8-14, 2017

Cost: $250

This BreakOut is through The Romero Center’s Urban Challenge in Camden, NJ.  Participants are asked to confront issues which divide us – poverty, race, class – in a prayerful and constructive environment.  Volunteer service in the city is combined with work, study and prayer. During the day, the group works at a variety of sites: in schools, with hot meals programs, at a drop-in center for persons infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, at housing construction, with the South Jersey Food Bank and with several other agencies in Camden and the Philadelphia area. In the evening, there will be discussion on urban poverty, social and economic justice and reflection on our call, as disciples, to embrace a "preferential option for the poor." The group also tours the city and listens to people from the community tell their stories about living in Camden.

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Hubbard House and Catholic Urban Programs

E. St. Louis, IL

January 8-14, 2017

Cost: $250

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.

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Nazareth Farm

Doddridge County, WV

Nazareth FarmJanuary 8-14, 2017

Cost: $250

"I am Appalachia! In my veins runs fierce mountain pride...
I tell you, stranger,
hill folk know what life is all about..."
-Muriel Miller Dressler

Nazareth Farm is about serving those in living in poverty, and trying to understand what Jesus was asking of us when he said, Love your neighbor. In order to fully reflect on the meaning of being a neighbor, components of prayer, community, simplicity, and service to others are important all of which can be found at Nazareth Farm.

Here at Nazareth Farm, volunteers can expect to rise early and begin each day with prayer to center our thoughts and motives. After prayer, we typically do chores (Around the farm grounds) for about 45 minutes to work up an appetite for a good breakfast prepared by the House Manager and volunteers. The rest of the day is spent at the work sites. Some jobs entail roofing, insulation, painting, dry-walling, digging for septic systems, etc (no prior experience is necessary! The work site coordinators will teach you everything you need to know).

At the work site, volunteers are encouraged to visit with the people with whom they're working. Each family we work with has its own story. Many of the people we serve are elderly, disabled or have low-paying jobs that do not provide the income to hire someone nor the time to do the work themselves.

After some free time and dinner, we end each day with prayer and reflection. The free time before dinner and after prayer is ideal for quiet journaling, hiking, playing games, bathing in the creek, joining in a campfire sing-along, or counting the stars.

So, what can be expected on a day at the Farm? A miracle.

That's what happens every day here. That's what happens every day everywhere. It just takes us noticing the things around us as miracles and not ordinary or mundane to make them so.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do we travel?

Domestic BreakOut groups will travel together to and from their destination, starting from UD via Campus Ministry vehicle (12 passenger van, minivan, or car)*. We ask that all students be back on campus the night before your departure (unless you are local and can meet in the morning or at the designated departure spot). For the January and May breaks, we will arrange for housing for all students. Those who live in UD houses or Garden Apartments can generally get extended stay for that period and we will help the others have a place to stay. Students will receive instructions on this through their orientation.

It is important that our groups travel together. There are occasional exceptions to this, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students who are comfortable and able will help with the driving, after completing a safety course through the university. All university-certified drivers will be covered under UD’s insurance.

*the domestic trips to Los Angeles, CA and Nogales, AZ will fly.

Who is in charge?

All of our Domestic BreakOut group are led by at least one, oftentimes 2-4, designated leaders. Leaders are experience and trained students, staff or faculty. The leader is trained in emergency protocol and is there to work through emotional, spiritual, and physical struggles with the students. They will also provide valuable reflection and processing of the experience with the group.

Our trips are also hosted by trusted organizations, who serve as transportation, guides, local experts and general hospitality. Over the years, we have built long-standing, trusted relationships with these organizations and individuals.

We do view all students over the age of 18 as adults. Therefore, they are responsible for signing release forms and waivers for these trips. We strongly encourage students to share all information they are learning with their families.

What if I can’t afford the whole cost of the trip?

It is our goal that these experiences are open to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. We will work with you in a variety of ways to make this trip a possibility. We are happy to set up a payment plan or a reduced price to make it work.

What happens if there is an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, our group leaders will follow the proper protocol. Campus offices such as Public Safety, Campus Ministry, Environmental Health and Safety/ Risk Management, and the Counseling Center are on hand for our groups, even when off campus. Also, our local host organizations are equipped and willing to help in emergency situations.

Our leaders and campus offices have students’ emergency contact information and will notify those contact if deemed necessary.

Who should my parents or I contact if we have a question?

You or your parents may contact Mary Niebler, Coordinator of Cross-cultural Immersions in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concerns with any questions.

Contact Us

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall 107 
300 College Park Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408