Break Description


Jumpstart your JMU experience with a weekend (Sept 10-12) of service!

At least 3.8 million Americans are veterans of the wars that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Join other first-years and transfers as we honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by addressing the issue of veteran homelessness. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), 13% of adults experiencing homelessness are veterans, even though veterans only comprise 7% of the U.S. population. Liberation Veteran Services in Richmond, VA believes that, “two words that should never go together are ‘homeless’ and ‘veteran.’” LVS operates a 38-bed transitional shelter for veterans in crisis. In addition to housing, the organization provides case management, food, clothing, and other services with a goal of helping those they serve rapidly transition into permanent housing.

Our group will leave JMU after classes on Friday, September 10th and drive to Richmond in JMU vans. We will spend Saturday and Sunday morning helping the dedicated staff of Liberation Veteran Services with their annual fall cleanup of the shelter. The facility is large, but many hands make light work, and our service will ensure that LVS’ residents have the clean and welcoming home that they deserve.

We’ll be hosted by a nearby church and will have access to a kitchen and showers. Plan to bring a sleeping bag, as we’ll be sleeping on the floor! Each evening, we’ll prepare a meal together, reflect on the day’s events, and spend time getting to know one another and building community. We’ll return to campus late in the afternoon on Sunday, September 12th.

Register HERE by AUGUST 15 to join us to learn more about the complex causes of veteran homelessness, to honor the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and to meet other New Dukes committed to Being the Change!

Any questions we still haven't answered? Email us at We look forward to serving with you SOON!

Our Broader Commitment: 

JMU is a member of the University Global Coalition with the United Nations and is committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals. In alignment with Liberation Veteran Services' mission and services, you can learn more about ending poverty in all its forms everywhere HERE.


Focus on: Sustaining Housing

Community: Richmond, VA

Leaders: Sidnie Baker, Becca Boelsche, and Brittany Kaplan

Cost: $20

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Breaks for New Dukes

Departure Date: 09-10-2021

Return Date: 09-12-2021

What community partner will you be working with? Liberation Veteran Services

Currently Offered?: Yes

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