The Mount’s Campus Ministry, in collaboration with the Social Justice Club and Impact Cincinnati, sponsored a spring break retreat for students to share their time and talents with the community. Working through the Ozanam Center for Service Learning, part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, they served and shared meals with guests of Our Daily Bread, a local community kitchen, where they met and listened to the stories of many Guatemalan immigrants who had risked their lives to come to the U.S. in search of a better life.
Campus Ministry Coordinator Charissa Qiu says, “[We] learned about the challenges of poverty that many face daily [and] what it can mean to move from our current system of punitive and retributive justice to restorative justice that heals.”
In addition, for the retreat participants, it was a chance to learn and meet with the community’s people in need. “This was an experience of building bridges and peace – promoting understanding, empathy, and compassion through encounter and honest and respectful dialogue,” Qiu says.
And be sure to visit the Campus Activities & Student Organizations webpage to learn about the different clubs and organizations available for students.
Top photo, left to right: Andi Saylor, Aquashia Peterson, Maria Arrequin, and Charissa Qiu (photo credit: Greg Brugger)
Second photo: Andi Saylor distributing coffee and treats to St. Vincent de Paul clients. (photo credit: Greg Brugger)
Bottom two photos: Retreat members participating in a SNAP (food stamp) challenge. (photo credit: Greg Brugger)