Domestic Winter BreakOuts 2016

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 are now open. 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. The New Orleans, E. St. Louis, and Chicago BreakOuts are already full; you can still register for them, but you will be placed on the waiting list in case someone drops out. The Nazareth Farm BreakOut trip has one more spot open as of November 24. The Camden, NJ trip is canceled due to low registrations. Please note- Applications for the Marianist Universities Collaborative Immersion to LA were due on September 28 and that trip is already full.

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.  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 10-16, 2016

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.

This trip is already full. If you register for it here, you will be placed on a waiting list

The Romero Center Urban Challenge

Camden, NJ

January 10-16, 2016

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.

This trip is canceled due to low registration

Project Homecoming

New Orleans, LA

January 10-16, 2016

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.

This trip is already full. If you register for it here, you will be placed on a waiting list

Hubbard House and Catholic Urban Programs

E. St. Louis, IL

January 10-16, 2016

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.

This trip is already full. If you register for it here, you will be placed on a waiting list

Nazareth Farm

Doddridge County, WV

January 10-16, 2016

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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Marianist University LA Immersion

Los Angeles, CA

January 3-10, 2016

Applications for this trip were due by September 28.

Cost: $300 (the rest will be subsidized by a generous grant from the Marianist Foundation)

Live in community for a week in Los Angeles, California, with students from all three Marianist Universities:  Chaminade University,  St. Mary's University, and The University of Dayton. Serve in soup kitchens on Skid Row, at a domestic violence shelter, an urban Catholic school and other locations.  Immerse yourself in the faith, culture, gifts and challenges of LA while reflecting on what our Marianist charism brings to build justice and community in any city.  See what past participants have to say on this blog.  Grow as a Marianist leader on our campus and in our world!  This experience is open to 4 UD students interested in growing in our Catholic, Marianist mission and identity.  The Center for Social Concern and the Office for Mission and Rector at the University of Dayton partner with Chaminade and St. Mary’s Universities to plan this immersion.  

Applications are now closed for January 2016

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