Corey David Soper, of Escondido is spending Spring Break volunteering in Washington, D.C. on an Assumption College SEND Trip.
Soper traveled to Washington, D.C. (L’arche). In Washington, D.C., students on this immersion trip gained a deeper appreciation of the gifts that all people bring to their communities while staying at the L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C., Community, which, according to the website, is an inter-denominational Christian community that welcomes people of all backgrounds to share life together. Here, students participated in the community life that is centered on four communal homes and the 16 members who have intellectual disabilities.
As part of the College’s Campus Ministry Office’s SEND Service Immersion Program, established in 1986, the students-accompanied by faculty, staff and alumni-have the opportunity to directly impact communities through volunteer work. SEND participants bond with fellow peers, faculty, staff, and alumni while working side-by-side to rebuild neighborhoods, gain new cultural perspective, and engage in prayer activities that reflect on ideals rooted in the Assumptionist tradition. This spring, SEND partnered with organizations like Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, and Ministry of Presence sites.
During spring break, which was March 6-10, students traveled to Baltimore, Maryland; Georgetown, Delaware; Immokalee, Florida; Norristown, Pennsylvania; Trenton, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C.
“Our hope for the students participating in SEND is that they begin to view service as an opportunity to build relationships with others in ways that recognize our shared human dignity and call us to a life of faith in action,” said Vincent Sullivan-Jacques, assistant director of Campus Ministry and director of volunteer outreach and community engagement.
The SEND Immersion Program instills in each participant a mission to serve, which is at the core of Assumption’s foundations in the Catholic Tradition. For more about Campus Ministry, visit http://www.assumption.edu/campus-life/campus-ministry.
Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College offers 43 majors and 48 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies, through an educational experience grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition coupled with professional programs. For more information, visit www.assumption.edu/