Over the past weekend, alternative break groups from North Carolina State University and Gettysburg College spent the day volunteering with us. Often times, we connect our visiting groups with volunteer opportunities at other non-profits across the city. But this weekend, our very building was the service project. Forty young people spent 4 hours loading up two dumpsters. This effort is the first big step in supporting our move to the 4th floor as the Steinbruck center prepares to transition its hostel space from the third floor of the building.
You can read the reflection of a student from Gettysburg College below –
This morning, our class helped the Steinbruck Center clean and empty the fourth floor of the Luther Place Church. This floor was previously utilized as a homeless shelter, but now the shelter will be relocated, and space will be used to house more groups willing to become involved with [homelessness and poverty] like ours is. Our job was to completely tear apart the rooms and bring the remains down three flights of stairs to the dumpster outside the front doors. It was arduous work, however, both our group and another volunteer group from NC State worked well together, and I met many interesting people. This new space will allow the organization added space for larger groups, granting them an even bigger outreach.