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Olivet College students dedicate weekend to service
Feb 24, 2010

Thirteen Olivet College students and two staff members recently spent a weekend serving others at the Hosanna House through Hosanna Industries in Pittsburg, Pa.

Students spent the weekend of Feb. 12-14 working on various cleaning and renovation projects. Their work consisted of clearing snow and preparing meals for an injured snowbound woman, repairing areas of the Hosanna House and clearing snow from the grounds of Etna Congregational Church.

Students who attended the trip include: Kristin Chase, a senior from Hastings; Rafael Figueroa, a freshman from Lansing; Michael Glenn, a senior from Cassopolis; Ernest Holly, a freshman from Detroit; Brandon Medlen, a junior from Jackson; Letesa Newsome, a freshman from Battle Creek; Lanette Porter, a freshman from Detroit; Leah Shipherd, a senior from Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Jackie Taylor, a senior from Plainwell; Judith Tellez-Gonzalez, a junior from Atlacomulco, Mexico; Eleri Thomas, a freshman from Bellevue; Autumn Williams, a freshman from Tekonsha; and Amy Zesiger, a sophomore from Galesburg. The trip was advised by Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries, and Jean Paul Cortes, Olivets Michigan Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA.

Hosanna Industries specializes in new home construction and home repair for low income families and the elderly. Hosanna House provides a variety of services and programs that include: early childhood education, youth recreation, tutoring and mentoring, youth and adult technology, mens services, career development, health and dental care, and permanent supportive housing to persons living in Wilkinsburg, a borough of Pittsburgh.

For more information on Olivet Colleges monthly service trips, contact Fales at (269) 749-7624 or Cortes at (269) 749-7127.


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