During Fall Break in October 2013, students, faculty and staff visited five communities to perform service. They traveled to Hartshorne, Oklahoma, to do home repairs for homeowners; to Oklahoma City to work with the regional food bank; to San Antonio to engage in community development and youth education; and to Bridgeport, Texas, to work at a nonprofit animal sanctuary. A group also remained in Dallas to work at a women’s shelter.
At the Genesis Women's Shelter Thrift Shop in Dallas An update from Danielle, a junior majoring in Spanish and the SMU Alternative Breaks student director who served as a site leader in Dallas: “Beep, beep, beep, beep.” I sluggishly rolled over in my bed at 7 a.m. Saturday to silence my dinging alarm. I ate breakfast and prepared to meet my Fall Alternative Break participants outside Hughes-Trigg Student Center; we were going to Genesis Women’s Shelter to prepare a pancake breakfast for the women and children. Over Fall Break, we immersed ourselves in the social issue of domestic violence by volunteering at the Genesis Thrift Store, touring and volunteering at the shelter, and participating in an educational seminar. [...]