Break Description

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Join us on our alternative break to Sheffield Place in Kansas City, Missouri, where we will accompany women and children experiencing homelessness on their journey toward stability and self-sufficiency! Sheffield Place serves highly traumatized homeless mothers by reducing their barriers to success, including: addiction, domestic violence, and felony convictions. Since their founding in 1991, Sheffield Place has assisted more than 700 families in obtaining housing and a variety of healthcare services. In the last 28 years, Sheffield Place has continued to carry out their mission of “empower[ing] homeless mothers and their children to heal from their trauma and become self-sufficient.” Their team of therapists and experienced case managers embrace a model of trauma informed care in order to foster healing, recovery, and self-sufficiency.

Every Sheffield Place client has four primary goals: stable housing, improved education, improved income, and improved health. On our break, we will have an opportunity to work directly with Sheffield Place clients while learning extensively about the barriers that exist to their self-sufficiency. We will assist with repairs and construction projects in rental houses and the main facility and will lead activities for children.

We will drive to Kansas City in a JMU van and will be housed by Woods Chapel United Methodist Church. We'll have access to showers and a kitchen as well as two large sleeping rooms (no beds - bring sleeping bags and a sleeping pad or air mattress!). While our housing is accessible to those who use wheelchairs, Sheffield Place itself is not beyond the lobby and first floor. If you have questions about accessibility, please reach out so that we can discuss possible accommodations with our hosts.

Please note that Sheffield Place requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Focus on: Empowering Vulnerable Populations

Community: Kansas City, Missouri

Leaders: Andrea Callejas and Kristen Campbell

Cost: $100

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Spring Break

Departure Date: 03-12-2022

Return Date: 03-19-2022

What community partner will you be working with? Sheffield Place

Currently Offered?: Yes

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