On Sunday, June 20, seven high school students and three chaperones will depart for a week of service with Memphis Youth Mission in Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis Youth Mission established relationships with different organizations in and around Memphis. During our week we will serve with the Metropolitan Inter-faith Association (MIFA), Room In the Inn, the Mid-south Food Bank, and do cleanup at the Elmwood Cemetery. We will also visit the National Civil Rights Museum and engage in conversations about how our faith informs our actions.
One agency we will be supporting is the Dorothy Day House. The Dorothy Day House is a shelter for families who are experiencing homelessness-this shelter is different because while most shelters require families to separate (there are shelters for men, and others for women with children) the Dorothy Day House is a shelter specifically for families so they can stay together.
On our first day in Memphis, we will be shopping for a “Welcome Home!” kit which will then be donated to the Dorothy Day House. This kit will supply one family with some of the basic items they will need in their new apartment. If you would like to make a financial donation to help with purchasing supplies for the “Welcome Home!” kit, you can do so here: Dorothy Day House
And as part of our trip this year, a student or chaperone will write a short reflection on their experience each day of our trip-their reflection, along with pictures from the day, will then be posted on our website. If you would like to follow along, you can access the page here.
As our students head to Memphis we hope you will join them by following the website, contributing financially if you are able and of course, keeping them in prayer as they have a wonderful week serving together and growing in faith.