1. What are the sleeping arrangements?
The Ozanam Center offers 2 bunk-style rooms - one room with 12 beds and one room with 6 beds. There are also two chaperone rooms with a bunk bed in each room.
2. What is the neighborhood like?
Participants will stay on-site at St. Vincent de Paul's outreach center at 1125 Bank Street, in the West End Neighborhood.
The West End Neighborhood has a rich history of immigrants who have fluctuated in and out of the community since its inception in the early 1800's. The community has seen many changes over the years, from Dayton Street's "Millionaires Row" to the construction of I-75 and the resulting displacement of thousands of residents. However, the neighborhood maintains a strong sense of community and resilience among its long-term residents still today.
We find it very important that students stay in the same neighborhood as the neighbors they will be serving in order to participate in the full immersion experience. The group will be accompanied by two Ozanam Center staff who work in this community and have developed strong relationships with the different nonprofit partners we will be visiting.
St. Vincent de Paul has a strong, long-standing relationship with the West End community and is well respected and appreciated in the neighborhood.
3. How do we get from site to site?
The Ozanam Center staff will drive two vans to transport retreat participants between sites. In addition, students may sometimes walk or take public transit to and from certain nonprofit partners.
4. What will we be doing while we are there?
Ozanam Center retreats often discuss an array of social justice issues and visit a variety of service sites throughout the immersion experience. Each day includes an element of encounter, education, and reflection. To get a better sense of what a "typical" day might look like, see the Program offerings section of our website.