Travel Dates: March
Applications are available now. Due April 17, 2015.
Participants in the Appalachia Service Immersion Program
travel to West Virginia to live at and work with a Catholic Worker Farm addressing
issues of rural poverty and environmental justice and sustainability. Their
goal is to provide a center of spirituality and hope with and for the people of
the mountains through programs that promote social justice.
Past participants have worked at chopping,
hauling, and stacking wood; fixing fences; bailing and stacking hay; gardening;
painting; yard work; and visiting the elderly. The Appalachia Catholic Worker
serves local people while attempting to address both the causes and effects of
poverty in the region. Students are immersed in Appalachia, learning about the
beauty of the land, its culture and customs, through the mountain people who
know it and express it best.
The Catholic Worker's unique service program
includes much more than just the swinging of hammers. Through hard work, simple
living, a trip to coal country, social analysis, and evening reflections
students will be experiencing “a faith that does justice” first hand. The
Appalachian Catholic Worker invites students to step out of their comfort
zones, to break down stereotypes, and work to build community among the local
people, as well as within the group. As Jeannie (the leader of the Farm) says,
“This is a comfortable place to wrestle with uncomfortable things.”
2014-15 APPALACHIA APPLICATION
has been a capstone of my time at SU, and I will carry the hollers of West
Virginia and their beautiful people in my heart for a long time. Their
hospitality and pride has truly ignited a curiosity and willingness to live
deeper and fuller in my communities." -Jacqueline
For more information, please contact Jimmy McCarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-296-6079.