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San Francisco, California

Fri | Dec 13 - Fri | Dec 20, 2019 | $350

SF Immersion


A takeaway of mine was how we find our common humanity on the streets. The friendships I've made in the Tenderloin showed me how similar every human is to one another. We all have a want for companionship, have unique talents, and stories that have made us who we are today. I learned a lot about humility and how people end up where they are not by what they have done always. I would tell everyone to definitely apply and they have to experience it for themselves. - Cambria Markezich

 

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 

  • The application for Winter Break 2019 Immersions is now closed. 
  • Applications for Spring Break 2020 Immersions will open on November 20th. 


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.