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Olivet College plans service trip to help hurricane survivors in Mississippi
Dec 06, 2007

Olivet College is planning a weeklong service trip to support Hurricane Katrina victims through Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss. A group of 15 Olivet students and two employees will leave Saturday, Dec. 15, following the colleges final exams. The group will help rebuild homes in Biloxi and plan to return Saturday, Dec. 22. While helping with the cleanup, they will stay in Biloxi at the Seashore United Methodist Assembly Church.

This fall, Olivet was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Missionary Society of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches to sponsor the trip, which is coordinated by Mike Fales ‘75, director of church relations and campus ministries at Olivet. Assisting Fales this year will be Cailin Wilson, a volunteer with the Michigan Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program. This is the fourth trip since December 2005 that students from the college have taken to help with the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Back Bay Mission is a Community Ministry of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The goals of its work camp include education on how the UCC has assisted with Katrina Relief Ministries and a discussion of coastal poverty and social justice issues related to the causes of poverty in this area of the United States.

Students joining Fales and Wilson for the service project include: Rebecca Birtles, a sophomore from Hudsonville; James Boyd, a junior from St. Charles, Ill.; Scott Brewster, a sophomore from DeWitt; Amy Cooper, a junior from Bath; Jean Paul Cortes, a sophomore from Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Matt Dolan, a sophomore from New Boston; Justin Gargus, a sophomore from Bangor; Matthew Hoppes, a junior from Saranac: Ashley Malloy, a junior from Grand Ledge; Joshua Norlock, a sophomore from Warren; Scot Peterson, a junior from Monroe; Shyam Shrestha, a sophomore from Nepal; Daniel Simmons, a sophomore from Scotts; Levi Stegeman, a junior from Hazel Park; and Rob Swanson, a junior from Marshall.


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