Olivet College students provide service to domestic abuse shelter
Nov 10, 2009
Eighteen Olivet College students and two staff members spent the weekend painting the interior of the River House Domestic Abuse Shelter in Grayling Nov. 6-8. The group partnered with Kirtland Community College (KCC) for the project as part of Olivets monthly service trip program.
The trip was conceived by the two schools Michigan Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, Jean Paul Cortes, serving Olivet, and Monica Martinez, serving KCC.
The students painted 10 rooms, including the living/dining area, childrens play area and kitchen before returning to campus Sunday. KCC also provided housing for the group during the trip.
Advisors of the project were Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries, and Cortes.
Students who volunteered for the trip were: Jenni Baum, a sophomore from Albion; Christine Cameron, a senior from Elkhart, Ind.; Beth Conrad, a freshman from Ionia; Jonathan DeHate, a freshman from Fowlerville; Tashara Edwards, a freshman from Lansing; Mike Glenn, a senior from Cassopolis; Katie Guest, a freshman from Davison; Taylor MacDonald, a freshman from Grosse Pointe; Ginger Major, a freshman from Olivet; Brandon Medlen, a junior from Jackson; Kelly Morgan, a sophomore from Albion; Sarah Phillips, a freshman from Hastings; Lanette Porter, a freshman from Detroit; Dorothy Post, a non-traditional student from Potterville; Leah Shipherd, a senior from Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Jackie Taylor, a senior from Plainwell; Judith Tellez-Gonzalez, a junior from Atlacomulco, Mexico; and Autumn Williams, a freshman from Tekonsha.
Formed in 1986, River House serves to provide help to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and the homeless. The shelter operates in Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda, and Roscommon counties. Some of the services provided by River House include: an emergency shelter, crisis line, educational support groups, advocacy and counseling. All services are provided to victims free of charge.
In December, Olivet College will participate in its sixth annual Hurricane Katrina relief trip to New Orleans. For more information about the colleges monthly service trip program, contact Fales at (269) 749-7624.