JCA students attend Catholic heart Work Camp Mission Trip

JCA took its largest group of students on the Catholic Heart Work Camp mission trip to Mishawaka, Indiana the week of June 11 – June 16. Twenty students, from an incoming freshmen to Class of 2017 graduates, worked together for private citizens in need, homeless shelters, food banks, the YWCA, and Habitat for Humanity on a variety of service projects.

Students attended daily mass followed by a six hour work day in the community. Their evenings were spent with CHWC programs including music, skits, inspirational videos, motivational speakers, and pictures of the workday.

All were encouraged to share their own photos with the hashtag #CHWC. Their luxury sleeping quarters were air mattresses on classroom floors in the host school, Virgil Grissom Junior High in Elkhart, Indiana.

After a long, rewarding week of service, the students visited the University of Notre Dame with chaperones Fr. Jeff Smialek, Mr. Mark Clarke, Mrs. Maria Fischer, and Mrs. Melissa Ferro.

Fr. Jeff said his goal is to recruit an even larger group for next year’s trip. Students will be provided with opportunities to talk to JCA campers and join the 2018 team when the new school year starts.

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