October 11-14, 2014
Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Kiamichi Country
In the small town of Hartshorne, Oklahoma, the group will partner with Rebuilding Together Kiamichi Country to work on critical home repairs and improvements for low-income homeowners. Rebuilding Together strives to develop “a safe and healthy home for every person.”
Fostering Hope in Foster Care
In Austin, the capital city of Texas, Alternative Breaks will partner with Helping Hand Home, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of kids who have suffered neglect, abandonment, and severe abuse. Participants will assist with homework and read to young students. There are also opportunities to engage in activities with the kids, such as arts and crafts, a karaoke party, or game night.
Food Insecurity: Finding an Oasis
Today, approximately one in six Americans struggles with hunger. This trip will partner with a handful of non-profit organizations doing great work with this issue in San Antonio. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with individuals and families, while learning about food availability and access.
Behind Closed Doors: Creating a Future without Domestic Violence
This trip will partner with an organization right here in Dallas, Texas: Genesis Women’s Shelter. The groups will sort and collect donations at the Genesis Thrift Store as well as lead an activity for the children at the shelter. The thrift store receives over 300 donations each day and raises close to $1,000,000 every year. In all, the store is crucial to fundraising for Genesis and gives the women and children an opportunity to get the belongings they need for free.
Tigers on a Gold Leash: Animal Rights
In Bridgeport, Texas, Alternative Breaks will be working with the Center for Animal Research and Education (C.A.R.E.), a non-profit animal sanctuary that provides a safe, loving, and permanent home for exotic animals in need. Participants will be cleaning cages, doing yard work, and preparing for the organization's upcoming Fall Festival, while learning about animal rights.
Invisible Texans: Persons Experiencing Homelessness
There is an estimated 30,000 people in the state of Texas experiencing homelessness. This trip will explore this issue in the Houston area alongside a few organizations. Participants will have the opportunity of working directly with men, women, and children that are experiencing homelessness, while learning about the reasons behind one’s inability to secure and maintain housing.