Participants stay on-site at St. Vincent de Paul’s Liz Carter 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 1800s. 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 serve in order to participate in the full immersion experience. The group is accompanied by two Ozanam Center staff who work in this community and have strong relationships with the different nonprofit partners we visit.
St. Vincent de Paul has a strong, long-standing relationship with the West End community and is well respected and appreciated in the neighborhood.