Over the recent spring break, the Lasallian Youth from CBHS attended various service events as part of Spring into Action—a Lasallian initiative that highlights service that occurs within Lasallian ministries. It also calls for Lasallians to join together by participating in a volunteer or service activity and sharing that experience.
On March 9, members of CBHS Lasallian Youth met at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and served corndogs and cookies. On March 12, they gathered the Mid-South Food Bank and checked and sorted the food. The next day, 12 students traveled to Chicago, Illinois, to begin their urban emergence trip at the Brother David Darst Center.
Sophomore Jack Scherson describes his experience on the mission trip.
“In Chicago, we first went to the Boulevard, which is a safe haven for people who have recently been discharged from the hospital and have no place to go,” he said. “The Boulevard helps these people get a place to live and puts them into a job. While there, we helped to prepare lunch and ate with the residents. After the Boulevard, we went back to the Darst Center and heard testimonies from two people from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). These are people who had experienced homelessness before. They talked about how hard it is to get out of homelessness once you fall into it. The CCH explained how they are there as an agency to help these people and fight for their rights and more affordable housing.”
“The next day, we went to help at Just Roots, a neighborhood farm for the people of their community. It was cold and wet, but we were able to help how much we could. Just Roots not only helps to obtain fresh food for people living in the area, but also teaches people how to use the food in the most efficient way. The last activity was a tour of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR). This is a place for people who are incarcerated or out of prison to have a safe place to be and talk. They offer a GED track for people who didn’t graduate high school to get their diploma. They give these people jobs such as farming, t-shirt making, and wood working. Through this experience, we learned about many of systemic problems facing not only Chicago but all cities across the United States.”