Briar Cliff University Students Break for Service Work in Midwest

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Traveling to warmer climates during spring break, March 11 – 15, 2013, two teams of Briar Cliff University students and staff won’t be soaking up the sun for leisure but will be extending a helping hand to those in need.

For a second consecutive year traveling to Joplin, Mo., a group of Briar Cliff students and staff will continue their volunteer work for Rebuild Joplin, where they will assist with housing repairs for tornado-impacted residents throughout the city. Rebuild Joplin is a non-profit agency partnered with the Saint Bernard Project to provide long-term recovery and rebuilding of affordable and safe housing for  May 2011 tornado victims.

“Many Joplin residents may have lost their physical homes, but they didn't lose their emotional and spiritual sense of home, because members of the Joplin community provided that for one another,” reflected BCU junior Courtney Kayton of Norfolk, Neb. “During last year’s trip, we met the family who would be living in the second house we worked on and actually worked alongside the homeowner,” Kayton explained. “It was really touching to put faces to the house that will serve them well in the future.”

Another BCU mission team also will head south to Jerusalem Farm in Kansas City, Mo., where they will form teams with their counterparts from Xavier University, Chicago, Ill., and Avila University, Kansas City. In addition to completing home repair projects for the under privileged in Kansas City, BCU volunteers will work in a soup kitchen and food pantry.  Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic Intentional community that transforms lives through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair.

A third Briar Cliff team will be making a difference on Habitat for Humanity constructions sites in Sioux City's Riverside area. Throughout the year, members of the Briar Cliff community partner with Habitat for Humanity to assist in making the dream of home ownership a reality for local families.

Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. For more information, please visit 

Tags: Campus, Campus Ministry, Justice

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