Spring Break trip sheds light on helping others

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Spring Break trip sheds light on helping others

Published: March 31, 2014.

Lewis University students recently completed their annual Lewis University Ministry Alternative Trip Experiences (LUMINATE) Spring Break service trips. This year, 35 students participated in five different service projects, in locations from Milwaukee to Missouri. LUMINATE provides students weekend or week-long service experiences during Fall Break, Spring Break and May.

“LUMINATE is a great experience,” Abby Michels, student leader said. “You really grow as a human being in the works of God.”

This year’s Spring Break projects varied in location and task.

Lewis University students Cassie Anciulis and Erin Richards led the trip to assist in construction a Habitat for Humanity home and deck in Cookeville, Tenn. Students Trevor DeCook, Ricky Fontan, Megan Hernandez, Bridget Kay, Steve Molenstra and Kaitlyn Sendzik participated in the trip.

Students Yolanda Franco and Nikki Rodighiero led the group helping to renovate a house for the North Grand Neighborhood Services in St. Louis, Mo. They also served at The Bridge soup kitchen. Students Jeff Brick, Sam Linehan, Jessica Jordan and Jamie Palamkunnel participated in the trip.

Students Sean Cleary and Toni Focosi led the group that assisted at-risk boys on the Lives Under Construction ranch in Lampe, Mo. The group completed farm chores and major facility repairs. “The boys' stories touched our hearts and we greatly enjoyed working with them on the farm,” Focosi commented. Students Lexi Austring, Brittany Gorski, Kimberly Nakutis, Nate Robenhymer, Alex Stewart, Stephanie Vargas and Kylie Walsh participated in the trip.

Student Sara Harms led a group to serve adults with disabilities at L’Arche in Clinton, Iowa. Students James Fields, Michael Jaeger, Megan MacDougall and Katie Picman helped with Spring cleaning and participated in evening activities.

Student Abby Michels led a group to Milwaukee to interact with several ministries. Students Marvin Gomez, Michael Harris, Alex Heaney, Jessica Kaluzny, Lizzie Lorang and Penelope Strid shared meals with the hungry and homeless at St. Benedict the Moor Parish. They also assisted with Growing Power, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, House of Peace food pantry and donation center, the Urban Ecology Center and the Hunger Task Force.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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