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San Francisco, California

Friday, December 13th - Friday, December 20th, 2019

Cost: $350

The SCU immersion group will spend time in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, the area in the city with the highest population density and the greatest percentage of poor and homeless women, men, and children. Trip participants will learn about the pressing issues, as well as needs and assets in the community through service work and conversations with people working in the fields of: education, social service, and public service.

SCU students will be hosted by Faithful Fools Street Ministry, an organization focused on shattering myths about those living in poverty. Other organizations that the group will engage with include: Glide, Tenderloin Community Benefit District, The Healing Well, and St. Francis Living Room.

One of the activities central this immersion and to Faithful Fools Street Ministry is their Street Retreats. On the Faithful Fools website they state, “We discover on the streets our common humanity. We believe that when we walk the streets, the life around us is a mirror, reflecting back to us our humanity, our frailties and our strengths. When we look with compassion upon others, we find compassion within ourselves, for ourselves & for others; When we acknowledge the strengths of those around us, we acknowledge the incredible worth of all of us.”

Application Process 

Selected participants for immersions will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat,  as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.