The J-Walking Program is a semester-long service opportunity. Participants visit the Dream Center, a transitional housing facility in Saint Cloud that aims to create a safe, stable space for the men to face their problems, find wholeness, and successfully integrate back into society. We work with the Dream Center to provide an environment in which the men are able to learn the tools and skills they need to change their lives for the better.
As a recurring service opportunity, participants are encouraged to build relationships with the men. Saturday mornings provide the optimal setting for fruitful conversation, card games, and story telling. While maintaining a safe and professional distance, J-Walkers create bonds with men that society typically separates from the rest of the world.
In addition to the relational aspect, the J-Walking program partners with Community Kitchen to put extra food from the on-campus dining facilities to good use within the community. We share in their mission to utilize surplus food on campus and in the community as a catalyst for education, collaboration, and community action by serving a meal at the Dream Center each Saturday.
After each visit, J-Walking leaders facilitate a group reflection to debrief the day's event. As a group, we reflect on our conversations and interactions so that we maintain intentionality with our actions. Our reflections help Jesus Christ and social justice remain at the root of the J-Walking program.
Fall 2019 Dates:
Thursday, October 3rd: J-Walking Information Session (5:00p in Murray Hall)
Sunday, October 6th: J-Walking Applications DUE
Thursday, October 10th: J-Walking Orientation (5:00p in Murray Hall)
Saturday, October 12th: Dream Center Visit
Saturday, October 26th: Dream Center Visit
Saturday, November 9th: Dream Center Visit
Saturday, November 23rd: Dream Center Visit
Saturday, December 7th: Dream Center Visit