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Service Immersion

 Duchesne House, a 100+ year old site, a former parish priests’ residence, is a large house with 2 dorms for 14 (10 of one gender, 4 of the other) and 1 dorm for chaperones. Sleeping accommodations consist of twin and bunk beds, 3 bathrooms are shared by the group. On the first evening Duchesne House provides a welcome meal and a special prayer service, the Ceremony of Light. During the week students plan and cook their own meals. Transportation to and from the airport and the work site is provided by the group.  Group coordinators arrange their work directly with the agency of their choosing before a group[ is confirmed for the desired dates.  Duchesne House can provide suggested service sites such as:

SBP (formerly the Saint Bernard Project)

From the SBP website: "While we can’t prevent natural disasters, we believe we can prevent some of the suffering that comes with them ... After a disaster, homeowners need recovery to be as prompt and predictable as possible in order to limit the amount of time they’re made to suffer the effects of displacement. SBP rebuilds for low-to-moderate income homeowners, placing a special focus on families with small children, the elderly, disabled persons, war veterans and the under-and uninsured."  For more information visit SBP at www.sbpusa.org/get-involved/volunteer

Grow Dat Youth Farm

 From the Grow Dat Farm website: "The mission of Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.  At Grow Dat, people from different backgrounds come together to create a more just and sustainable food system.  On our farm, we work collaboratively to grow food, educate and inspire youth and adults, and build power to create personal, social and environmental change."  For more information visit www.growdatfarm.org/volunteer   

New Orleans Mission 

From the New Orleans Mission website: "The New Orleans Mission provides food, shelter, clothing and spiritual guidance to the city’s homeless, hurting and hungry. Our commitment to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of the homeless community is backed by the financial support of generous local residents, churches, organizations and corporate donors that understand the importance of being socially responsible to the people in communities where they live and/or do business."  For more information visit www.neworleansmission.org/volunteer/volunteer-today

Green Light New Orleans

Green Light New Orleans invests energy in people by assisting New Orleans residents in person, one household at a time. Our volunteers install free energy efficient light bulbs, rain barrels and backyard vegetable gardens to demonstrate that a mass movement of individual actions creates a significant impact on our environment and community.  For more information visit www.greenlightneworleans.org/volunteerapply

Common Ground Relief/wetlands restoration

Common Ground Relief is a 501(c)(3), not for profit organization, headquartered in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. We run a diverse range of projects throughout Southern Louisiana, from wetlands restoration involving bottomland hardwood tree and marsh grass plantings to the installation of rainwater catchment systems for residential use to the rehab of architecturally significant houses throughout New Orleans and new energy efficient home construction. We educate local school children about culturally significant local food options and environmental science through our Garden of Eatin' and Meg Perry Healthy Soil projects.  For more information visit www.commongroundrelief.org/wetlandsvolunteerinfo

ARC of Greater New Orleans

Arc of Greater New Orleans is committed to securing for all people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop, function, and live to their fullest potential.
For more information visit www.arcgno.org/volunteerism
 
Duchesne House provides activities on various cultural, social and environmental issues, including free access to the Presbytere Katrina exhibit, Studio Be, and a discounted fee to the Whitney Plantation Museum.  An important aspect of the week is reflection on the group's experiences and daily morning prayer.   Duchesne House staff is available to work with student leaders and/or chaperones in ceating a meaningful immersion experience.