Urban Plunge dives into housing issues

Mini service program gives students a chance to serve, learn | October 2, 2002

Xavier's peace and justice program is offering students a chance to dive into urban housing issues with an Urban Plunge mini service program. The program begins on Friday, Oct. 11, at 4:00 p.m. and continues until Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4:00 p.m. The experience begins with students visiting RESTOC, a non-profit cooperative in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood that provides safe, affordable housing to low income individuals and families. They will hear community members and activists present a story on the neighborhood’s housing perspective. Students will then engage in service projects in neighborhood apartments. The cost for the Urban Plunge overnight experience is $10. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 7. Space is limited to 13 students. The peace and justice program offers a series of mini service learning experiences that are designed to give students a chance to explore alternative agriculture, labor, food and homeless issues in the area. After the Urban Plunge, the next program takes students to St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. to engage in service at an Over-the-Rhine homeless men’s shelter. Cost is $7 and the deadline for registration is Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 5:00 p.m. Space is limited to 10 students. The final service learning experience for the semester is a Rural Plunge in which students go to Tell City, Ind., to discuss farming economics and have direct practical experience with farmers and farm advocates. The overnight experience begins Friday, Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. and lasts until Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9:00 p.m. The cost is $10. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 25. Students are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis at the Dorothy Day House. Fees are due at the time of registration. If you have any questions about the programs call 513 745-3046.