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Summer Immersions

 

I'M Disaster Response Team
Dates: May 19-25, 2019
Our Disaster Response Team will be heading to Houston, Texas, again, to serve with SBP in their disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey. SBP is a nationally awarded disaster recovery organization whose work depends on volunteers like our group to restore people’s homes and lives.
Estimated cost: $500-$800   
Student Leaders: Kaitlin Ferretti and Allison Parrett

I'M L’Arche Boston North
Dates: May 20-26, 2019
L’Arche is world-wide network of communities of people with and without developmental disabilities. The Iona in Mission groups will be sharing time and living together with the L’Arche Syracuse and L’Arche Boston North members to witness their community and the dignity of every person regardless of ability. This immersion will be a journey of spirituality, community, and awareness of developmental disability. 
Estimated cost: $300-$400   
Student Leader: Emily Dembek

I'M L’Arche Syracuse
Dates: May 20-26, 2019
L’Arche is world-wide network of communities of people with and without developmental disabilities. The Iona in Mission groups will be sharing time and living together with the L’Arche Syracuse and Boston North members to witness their community and the dignity of every person regardless of ability. This immersion will be a journey of spirituality, community, and awareness of developmental disability.
Estimated cost: $300-$400   
Student Leader: Kate Tagliareni

I'M Mississippi
Dates: June 8-15, 2019
The Iona in Mission Mississippi team will serve as counselors at Camp Friendship, which is a week-long overnight camp experience for children living in poverty and of which a third to a half live in foster care. The fun-filled, safe, and loving camp week is a real highlight of the children’s years. Our Gaels will help make this a reality through their presence and compassion to those little ones. 
Estimated Cost: $500            
Student Leaders: Matt Saljanin and Meghan Wright

I'M Rochester, NY
Dates: May 19-25, 2019
Participants will be hosted by the Sister of St. Joseph (SSJ) of Rochester for a service retreat. The group will serve in their ministries while living in community together. Iona volunteers will serve the poor and marginalized at sites such as: schools for low-income children; a soup kitchen; Bethany House, which is a safe house for women and children; a daycare center for medically fragile children; and a community medical center serving families who are uninsured.
Estimated cost: $200             
Student Leader: Lauren Talty

 

I'M Zambia
Dates: May 20 – June 3, 2019
Participants in the Zambia immersion act as servant-learners, immersing themselves in the Zambian culture and customs in Mazabuka, “the sweetest town in all of Zambia.” The group serves at the Christian Brothers’ Changa Changa community school, the City of Joy home for at-risk girls, and accompanies home caregiver teams on visits to the elderly sick and people living with HIV/AIDS. The team also visits the Magoye Village to experience rural Zambian life and travels to Livingstone, Zambia, to visit the natural wonder of Victoria Falls.
Estimated cost: $2,500          
Student Leader: Tamara Abi-Mourshed