Two teams of MC
students head South
for spring break
with refugees, new
For spring break, two teams of Manchester
College students will help build homes for low-income families in
Tennessee and share chores at a Georgia community for refugees from
war-torn countries. Both teams leave Saturday, March 17. Classes resume
Monday, March 26.
The MC Hammers will spend a week near
Maryville, Tenn., joining the Blount County Habitat for Humanity, said
faculty advisor Brad Yoder. This is the 20th trip to the South
for the team, which helped with Hurricane Katrina rebuilding last
spring. (Another team helped with New Orleans cleanup.)
“We are going to work on three new houses in
different stages of construction,” said Yoder, professor of sociology
and social work. “It will be a privilege to invest our spring break to
help three Habitat partner families to experience the security of home
ownership for the first time in their lives!” For more about Habitat for
Humanity, visit www.habitat.org.
A dozen students will spend the
week with Jubilee Partners, a Christian service community in rural
northeast Georgia that welcomes and hosts refugees.
“During our visit, there will be a family of five Liberian refugees that
recently arrived in the United States,” said trip coordinator Ben Leiter,
peace studies intern. “We look forward to spending time with both the
refugees and the Jubilee community, sharing in their life, work and
Also making the trip are Nick Kauffman,
Russell Holl, Anna Grady, Anna Simons, Casey Lambert, Mary Cox, Sarah
Burkholder, Farida Adam, Laura Dell and Colleen Hamilton. Faculty
adviser is Andrew Rich, assistant professor of math and computer
science. The College’s Peace Studies program and Plowshares, a
consortium of Indiana’s three historic peace colleges – Manchester,
Earlham and Goshen – are funding the trip. For more about Jubilee
Joining the MC Hammers’ service in Tennessee
are Amanda Nordmann, Whitney Gray, Jeremy Stackhouse, Tim Polakowski, Amy Byrket, Jeanna Collins, Chris Cosner,
Tapash Deb, Jessica Mertz, Kevin Phelps, Tolani Rasaki, Melissa Shoufler,
Jeremy Stackhouse, Elizabeth Strahammer and David Villarruel.
Manchester College has a heritage of service.
Last school year, students
recorded more than 19,000 volunteers hours. For more about the college,