The H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program winter trips begin their departure on December 28th to Pune, India followed by January 4th departure to Northern New Mexico and January 5th departure to Camden, NJ!
What Is the H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program?
H.O.P.E. is Campus Ministry’s Service Immersion Program. H.O.P.E. is an acronym that stands for the four 'tenets' of the program:
Honoring our Neighbor
We seek to walk alongside people in the communities to which we travel, showing our love and conern for them mostly by our presence and by any service we are asked to provide.
Organizing for Justice
By encountering situations of injustice domestically and internationally, we seek to name the underlying causes of these situations; that we might be able to work towards their resolution.
We foster and build relationships with communities to promote understanding amongst varying cultures at home and abroad, in an effort to end indifference and ignorance.
Rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the Gospel, we are open to finding the living God amongst those who are suffering injustices.
Where Does H.O.P.E. Serve?
This year we will be traveling to the following sites:
- Andre House of Hospitality, Phoenix, Arizona
- Hogar del Nino, La Romana, Dominican Republic
- Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, Coachella Valley, California
- Maher, Pune, India
- Hurricane Relief Work, Staten Island, New York
- Saint Bernard Project, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Agape Community, Ware, MA
- Christian Appalachian Project, Hagersville, Kentucky
- Friends New England, Chacraseca, Nicaragua
- L'Arche Community, Syracuse, New York
- The Romero Center, Camden, New Jersey
- The Mercy Center, Bronx, New York
- Holy Cross Mission, Canto Grande, Peru
- Sunset Gap Community Center, Crosby, Tennessee
- The Appalachian Institute, Wheeling, West Virginia
- Via International, Northern New Mexico
Who organizes the H.O.P.E. Program?
The Campus Minister for Service Immersion Programming, MaryAnne Cappelleri works with student interns and leaders to facilitate and execute the program. The student leaders begin preparations for all trips at the beginning of the fall semester. They lead orientation meetings, interview domestic applicants, and help to prepare the groups to make sure the week of immersion runs smoothly.
Who participates in the H.O.P.E. Program?
All H.O.P.E. experiences are open to students and employees at Stonehill College. Some alumni have served as employee leaders in the past. This year, we have a goal of accommodating nearly 230 volunteers.
Employee and Alumni Leader Applications
All Service Immersion experiences are illumined by the gifts of employee and alumni leaders who participate in leadership of the delegations. All applications are due on October 25th to MaryAnne Cappelleri at firstname.lastname@example.org or via inter-campus mail.
Support the H.O.P.E. Program
To support the H.O.P.E. program, please consider making a donation through Stonehill's secure giving site. Please be sure to list "H.O.P.E." as your designation. We appreciate your generosity.