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St. Joseph’s Academy students spent June 4-10 in Wichita, Kansas, working with organizations sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph.

The Companions in Mission service opportunity included work with the StepStone program, which responds to the critical needs of survivors of domestic violence by providing support services and transitional housing. The students also organized activities for the children of abuse victims.

The travelers also worked Dear Neighbor Ministries, an organization which helps people move towards stability and self-sufficiency through community outreach, neighborhood improvement, emergency assistance and referrals and a food pantry.

The travelers celebrated daily mass and spent time with the Sisters of St. Joseph at the Wichita convent and prepared and served meals at an appreciation dinner to honor those who volunteer with the Sisters’ various ministries. They also visited a farm for horses rescued from abusive situations or the slaughter house.

The group was accompanied by staff members Mandy Tumminello and Caroline Wright.

“This was a wonderful trip,” said Tumminello, who is SJA’s campus minister. “The girls were able to do a variety of work to help serve the community. They were able to form relationships with the people of Wichita and see the true impact of their work. The girls also enjoyed getting to spend time with the Sisters.”

Junior Kate Stanford said she especially enjoyed spending time with the children. “Working with the StepStone Program to facilitate activities for the underprivileged kids in the local area was by far the most rewarding,” she said. “This included facilitating kids’ T-ball, throwing a splash party and bringing kids to the Wichita zoo. Besides working with kids, we helped to sort donations for a nonprofit organization as well as clear out a basement for a local ministry. On the last full day of the mission trip, we had the chance to visit a rescue horse farm, many of the horses having pasts filled with abuse and neglect. Though filled with hard work, we experienced much of the local Kansas culture and made strong bonds with the residents, Sisters and fellow volunteers.”

 

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

 

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Herin and Peyton Smith

 

Date posted: June 22, 2017

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