ABST Team Ruskin
Follow the Ruskin Alternative Break Service Trip team on their blog, and read an excerpt below.
Today was an eye-opening experience with the Salvation Army. While many associate the name with scoring great deals on brand-name clothing, home goods, and electronics, the Salvation Army is so much more. They offer a free adult rehabilitation program with the ultimate mission of treating the root causes of prolonged alcohol and drug dependence. We even got a testimonial of one individual who was thriving in the program.
In addition, we were given a tour of the facilities. The warehouse was by far what I found most impressive as the massive scale of donations seemed daunting, yet individuals were working hard sorting them.
Our group helped set-up tables for an alumni event that was occurring that night. The alumni event was recognizing the accomplishments of those individuals who had successfully completed the program, therefore we found it humbling to help orchestrate. The day flew by as we grew closer together as a team. It was inspiring to see such a large scale organization impacting so many individuals.
In the evening, we had our own alumni event. An alumni named Ken came and gave us some insight into his experience at Gannon. While some things have changed at Gannon, we all shared the pride of being apart of a university that cares so deeply about the world.
During reflection, we discussed how the Catholic Social Teachings are applicable to our trip and to our future lives. We all could agree that we are meeting individuals who inspire us with their commitment to serving others so selflessly and aspire to replicate that type of positivity in our own lives.