"'What holds me separate? What keeps me separated? As I walk the streets, what still connects me?'- It's easy to jump to what separates us with judgements and stereotypes but what connects us is common humanity and this is so meaningful."
Faithful Fools is an educational and charitable organization. They have a live-work space in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. For this trip, the group will begin their week with a Street Retreat through Faithful Fools to ground themselves in the neighborhood and experience, and condition themselves toward people and places in relation to poverty and homelessness. Throughout the week, the group will serve with a number of organizations in the Tenderloin with a common goal of serving the area's homeless, hungry, or impoverished residents. The group will also participate in a number of community activities at the site of Faithful Fools, including Bible studies, artistic workshops, movie nights, and more. These activities are open to all members of the community.
Faithful Fools learn and educate through engaging in relationships with people who are impoverished and without housing, as well as those with homes and economic wealth. They address the policies, attitudes and lack of knowledge that perpetuate injustice and poverty not just locally in San Francisco, but nationally and globally. Walking and working together, people of privilege and people who are impoverished help one another bridge gaps and shift perceptions that inhibit personal and social change. They work to build community by breaking through boundaries that separate us, such as economic power, religious beliefs, class, race, gender, ethnicity, and together discover what connects us.
What to Expect:
Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!
Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org
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"This type of work is not about fixing everything or fixing people. It's about understanding the causes and deeper issues and addressing them."
"Faithful Fools will always hold a special place in my heart, mind, and soul. Every day was a learning experience, and I know I will continue to learn long after this trip is over because of the way we fully engaged with the fools and their community."
- 2015 participant