Lumberjack Service Retreat

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 4:30am to Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 11:30pm
Hancock, Michigan

Campus Ministry sponsors this service retreat to Hancock, Michigan to serve with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (Little Brothers), a nonprofit agency. Little Brothers provides many services for their aging friends, many of whom are isolated in rural homes or struggling with limited financial resources.  During this weeklong adventure, nursing students will assist in providing access to healthcare to Little Brothers' aging friends through tasks such as health screening, transportation to medical appointments, and health education.  Student woodcutters will assist in providing free firewood to the elderly, which reduces the burdensome heating bills that accompany winter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Little Brothers supplies the saws, axes, gasoline, and logs…Rockhurst University students supply the muscle. A can-do attitude, rather than woodcutting experience, is all that is required. Furthermore, Little Brother’s motto, “Flowers Before Bread,” illuminates the belief that providing companionship for the elderly is, in many ways, more important than providing for their health/physical needs. In that spirit, participants are invited to prioritize listening/visiting/celebrating over task completion.  Daily prayer and reflection round out the experience.  Cost (including transportation, food, lodging) = $100.  This reduced (down from $150) participation cost was enabled by a gift from the Ascher Family Leadership Fund!  Apply (deadline MONDAY, MARCH 28) HERE.  Email Bill Kriege with questions.