Last year, the focus of our engagement with the community was on building relationships with homeless neighbors. Through service, conversation, education, and immersion, our goal was to understand the complexity of homelessness and determine how the issue related to us as students, citizens, and Christians. Check back soon for more information about our focus for 2016-2017.
In January the Episcopal Student Center journeyed to Washington D.C. in order to experience this issue in an unfamiliar environment. Five days of immersion included a Justice Walk through inner city parks most populated by homeless neighbors, a close study on the economic effects of gentrification in DC, experiencing the Episcopal liturgy with a large congregation of homeless neighbors, education on the complicated political process for policy change, and hearing story after story of homeless advocates.
The spring semester challenged the ESC to use what was learned in Washington D.C. to look at our local community with a new perspective.
Interfaith Panel on Homelessness
Thursday, April 14th at 6PM at Hillel
The ESC and Texas Hillel learned from a panel of non-profit leaders in Austin on homelessness.
Community First! Village
Saturday, April 16th from 8:30AM-12:30PM
We spent a Saturday morning working at Community First! Village, a new affordable housing development in Austin. It entailed laying pathways, harvesting gardens, tending the chicken coop, dry landscaping yards of our micro-homes, etc. Check out the volunteer video!