Immersion Service Learning Program

Part of our mission is to advocate for change in social situations that contribute to poverty and homelessness. We believe that investing in the next generation of leaders is one of the keys to success.


Each year we welcome youth from colleges, schools, parishes and other programs who serve as volunteers, and they also live at the Father McKenna Center for a week at a time. This program is often an Alternative Spring Break or an Outreach Program for students who come to the Center on Saturday or Sunday and stay through the following weekend.


They sleep in the program area in the former church (often on pews or air mattresses they bring), eat their meals in common, work in the Center as volunteers, supporting all aspects of our program. The youth take time to reflect on their experiences of service, and often have learning experiences at organizations that support the homeless (e.g. The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless) or meet with their representatives or staff in the US Congress.


Schools that participated in this program in 2015:

University of Connecticut
DePaul University College of Law
DePaul University (undergraduates)
Gannon University
Marquette University
University of Notre Dame
Quinnipiac University
St. Norbert College
Scranton University
Vanderbilt University
Wheeling Jesuit University
Xavier University
Canisius High School, Buffalo, NY
Georgetown Preparatory School
Gonzaga College High School
St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
St. Andrew Parish, Clemson, SC