In Springfield, MO, we worked with several different community partners with various missions in order to get a feel for the needs of the community as a whole. Our theme centered around social disorganization. We worked with Habitat for Humanity, where we split our time between two new constructions and working at their ReStore. We also had the privilege of working with Harmony House, a domestic abuse shelter. Ozarks Food Harvest was another organization we partnered with to sort food donations and pack backpacks for children to eat over the weekend. Finally, we finished our week by organizing donations at Rare Breed, a drop in center for homeless youth. All of our experiences were humbling and eye-opening. We became closer as a group as we served and learned about issues by day and bonded by night. It was a fantastic trip with important issues, meaningful service, and dedicated people.
– Mackenzie Huber, site leader.