The J-Walking Program is a semester-long service opportunity. Participants visit the Dream Center, a transitional housing facility in Saint Cloud that aims to create a safe, stable space for the men to face their problems, find wholeness, and successfully integrate back into society. We work with the Dream Center to provide an environment in which the men are able to learn the tools and skills they need to change their lives for the better.
As a recurring service opportunity, participants are encouraged to build relationships with the men. Saturday mornings provide a setting for fruitful conversation, card games, and story telling to thrive. While maintaining a safe, professional distance, J-Walkers create bonds with men that society typically separates from the rest of the world.
In addition to the relational aspect, the J-Walking program partners with Community Kitchen to put extra food from the on-campus dining facilities to good use within the community. We share in their mission to utilize surplus food on campus and in the community as a catalyst for education, collaboration, and community action by serving a meal at the Dream Center each Saturday.
After each visit, J-Walking leaders facilitate a group reflection to debrief the day's event. As a group, we reflect on our conversations and interactions so that we maintain intentionality with our actions. Our reflections help Jesus Christ and social justice to remain at the root of the J-Walking program.
Spring 2018 Dates:
Thursday, February 1st: J-Walking Information Session 5:00pm (Upper Mary Commons 227)
Tuesday, February 6th: J-Walking Applications DUE by 11:59pm.
Thursday, February 8th: J-Walking Orientation 5:00pm (Upper Mary Commons 227)
Saturday, February 17th: J-Walking Visit (Dream Center)
Saturday, March 17th: J-Walking Visit (Dream Center)
Saturday, April 7th: J-Walking Visit (Dream Center)
Saturday, April 21st: J-Walking Visit (Dream Center)
Saturday, April 28th: J-Walking Visit (Dream Center)