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Youth Trips


High School Trip – to Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee is one of the poorest cities in the nation, and over 40% of children in Milwaukee live in poverty. Our ministry in the city seeks to respond to our neighbors in need by working with those who are already caring for the city. We have developed a wide network of ELCA congregations and ministry sites that we serve alongside to meet the needs of the people.

Much of our work in Milwaukee is focused on hunger and children, but we are committed to meeting whatever needs our friends and local leaders identify. Of course, we still have time to enjoy this beautiful lake city and its unique local gems like a local brewery and the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Trip Highlights-Milwaukee

What an amazing trip to Milwaukee.  Our slideshow below contains pictures from our week.  These pictures include our mission sites as well as evening activities.  Our mission sites were as follows:

  • Central City Churches – An ecumenical ministry housed in OSLC. Your work with this important ministry will serve the hungry and those in need in Milwaukee. We were assigned to work in their food pantry, with the lunch program, or assisting people who come looking for assistance with finding a job.
  • The Gathering – While serving at The Gathering you will be a welcoming presence for all who come through the door. The Gathering provides a warm breakfast for a diverse clientele. We were in charge of preparing this meal, as well as serve it to those who attend.
  • Victory Gardens – Victory Gardens helps citizens of Milwaukee in growing their own food. Our time in the gardens will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to put healthy and nutritious food on their tables. We spent our time pulling weeds, and sorting seeds that will be used for planting later.
  • Calvary Lutheran Church – Mt. Calvary will allow youth to do a variety of different service work. Our time was spent setting up and running a VBS for immigrant children in Milwaukee, as well as assisting in a community garden project, and their “Adopt a Block” program, cleaning out and painting rooms that will be used for their child education program.
  • Feeding America – Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading food bank serving and distributing food the eastern half of Wisconsin. Our time was spent sorting food donations that came into the bank.
  • Soles for Jesus – Soles for Jesus provides new and gently used shoes to people in Africa. Our time was spent sorting and pairing shoes that had been brought in for donation as well as sorting shirts and packets for an upcoming 5k they were putting on.


Evening Activities included: Bounce Milwaukee, Dinner at Safe House restaurant, lots of games of spoons and a movie and ice cream bar.

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Middle School Trip – to Nashville, TN


Music City USA overflows with culture and opportunities to serve the needy. Your service in Nashville will not only serve those locally, but all over the world through our work with Soles4Souls. You will bless others through your work at food banks, refugee ministries, and children’s centers.

Of course, no trip to Nashville would be complete without live music and a stroll down Broadway. This week is concluded with a night at a local lake and a moving outdoor worship service.

Trip Highlights-Nashville

It was such a delight to serve the community of Nashville.  Our slideshow below contains pictures from our week.  These pictures include our mission sites as well as evening activities.  Our mission sites were as follows:

  • Grace Eaton – Grace Eaton was founded in 1926 to meet the need for a childcare center for black, lower income, inner city families in Nashville. Last year, Grace Eaton was closed to transition to a new building. At this site, we helped them in classrooms; we set up their conference room, painted a storage shelf, sorted and unpacked a storage room that will now house several new projects for the facility.
  • Soles 4 Souls – If you are interested in learning more about a world-wide mission, Soles 4 Souls will grab your attention. Soles 4 Souls is a social enterprise non-profit organization that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief by distributing shoes and clothing around the world. Youth will have an opportunity to learn more about the mission and work in the warehouse sorting and pairing shoes.
  • Second Harvest – Second Harvest Food Bank is a central distribution center which collects food that would otherwise be wasted. Second Harvest distributes food to more than 490 partners/agencies in Tennessee who are feeding the hungry. Our days were spent helping their Farm to Table initiative.  We went to several family owned farms and pulled weeds so a new crop could be planted as well as harvested corn that will be distributed to partner organizations.
  • McNeilly – McNeilly’s mission is to provide high quality early education and childcare to low income families in Nashville. Youth will have the opportunity to spend half of the day with the children in the classrooms and half of the day helping with outdoor projects.
  • Wright Middle School – Wright Middle School is located in Metro Nashville, it serves 5th through 8th grade.  Their greatest strength is their diversity, with over 26 languages spoken within the building! Their commitment to embrace this diversity and work together with our school community to increase the academic achievement of all students.  At this site, we drew and painted two murals, one in a hallway and one in their main office, to highlight their commitment to diversity and welcoming all.


Evening activities included: dinner on Broadway, Bicentennial Park, Game night and swimming and dinner at J Percy Priest Lake.

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