In 2013, two different trips went out from Grebel, our annual MDS trip, and a new trip to spend time with the Southridge Community Church in St. Catharines, ON:
MDS primarily works in communities working to recover from a natural disaster. This year, the group traveled to West Liberty, Kentucky to help clean up and rebuild after a number of devastating tornadoes hit the region.
15 Grebelites spent the week learning from residents and volunteers at the Southridge Shelter in St. Catharines. Through participating in shelter activities like rock climbing, listening to many personal stories, and sharing the gift of their cleaning skills, the group had the opportunity to learn more about homelessness and the various factors that lead to an individual ending up on the street, and how one particular community is responding to this reality.