University Ministry Alternative Break Service Trips
For more than 25 years, immersion trips have taken students across the country and beyond and even to our own neighborhoods here in Detroit to learn hands-on the true value of helping those in need. Sponsored by University Ministry, these trips seek to educate student volunteers about specific social issues by immersing them in diverse cultures and environments across the country to engage in service-oriented learning. Participating offers a chance to put into action the charisms of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus, the sponsors of this University.
In the words of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, it's the challenge of prayer and action, "...an ardent desire to be united to God and to serve the poor." It's an opportunity for students at the University to see the world in a different light, while offering service to those less fortunate. For one week, traditional and non-traditional students along with a Colleague Service Partner (Typically faculty), and give up vacation time to travel to another part of the country to help address some needs of those living in poverty or experiencing injustice. It's a chance for direct service and to engage justice, combined with reflection on how our perspectives and hearts change and are touched by others. In this they live out the Jesuit goal of education of being "men and women for others."
The participants travel together and live in a community atmosphere, sharing chores, meals and reflection opportunities. As everyone has a different perspective, students learn to respect the dignity of each other and of those they serve. These trips are not funded by the University. Students need to fundraise to pay for their trip. Your contribution will give students a chance to participate in this live changing experience. You can make your gift "in honor of" a student, or "in memory of" someone.