Holy Angels Students Reach Out in Service and Advocacy

October 2014

Soon after school let out for the year, a group of Holy Angels students traveled to Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC to participate in Young Neighbors In Solidarity, a program sponsored by The Center for Ministry Development (CMS). Founded in 1978, CMS designs youth service programs that enable students to learn about and live out Catholic social teachings through direct service and experience.  Supervised by AHA faculty members Ms. Carol Fay and Mrs. Kathleen Chambers, the students worked in the mornings at a soup kitchen in Baltimore called My Brother's Keeper where they prepared and served lunch. In the afternoons they worked at The Loading Dock, an organization that accepts gently used excess building materials, appliances, and furniture and household goods from contractors, or individuals. The items are then resold at a fraction of the original cost which benefits their clientele, most of whom who could not afford the materials new. A high priority at The Loading Dock is to reuse items that are still serviceable, thereby limiting waste, and to dispose of items that are beyond their usefulness in a responsible and sustainable manner. The group also spent one day the international headquarters of Catholic Relief Services learning about the root causes of poverty and how to advocate and effect changes needed to address them. Then at the end of the week the group traveled to Washington, DC and put their knowledge to work. They met with the aides of the two New Jersey senators and the congressional representatives of two local districts to share their experiences and to advocate for the Food for Peace Bill. 



 AHA Students

Photographed left to right are: 
Miss Carol Fay, Patricia Krisan, Arianne Rowe, Kelly Farrell, Lisa Harootunian, Jenny Quispe, Shiho Numakura  and Mrs. Kate Chambers.

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