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Two teams of MC students head South

for spring break service projects

with refugees, new homeowners


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

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 play.”

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 Partners, visit

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, visit

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