spiritual reflection, and community are the three points
of focus for the Spring Break Immersion Program.
the experience is a service project. There is no typical
day in Appalachia or the Gulf Coast: it depends on the specific site. Holy
Cross students are asked to paint, staff soup kitchens,
visit senior citizen centers, work with local school children,
repair homes, and clean up hiking trails.
volunteers also stay in a diverse range of housing including
volunteer fire stations, homeless shelters, local schools
and church basements.
focus on spiritual reflection is a very important part
of the Spring Break Immersion Program. After spending the
day working in the community, we return to our provided
housing and reflect upon the day. Each person is free
to share his or her individual experience with the rest
of the group.
our week of service, we become an integral part of the
local community. Whether the task is large
or small, the work being done is appreciated and needed
by the people we live and work with.
we come to share our own gifts and talents with the locals,
they too share themselves with us. Not only is community
built among Holy Cross students - who may not have known
each other before - but community is built from the relationships
we make with the residents of the communities.
The project builds community among Holy Cross students
is an excellent cross-cultural experience. The Spring Break Immersion Program is
an opportunity for students to serve those in need and
offers a chance for students act as ambassadors of goodwill
for Holy Cross.