Alternative Fall Breaks 2013

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.

‘You can still do something to help’

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. [...]

2013-12-05T14:08:37+00:00 December 5th, 2013|Alternative Fall Breaks 2013|

A chance to change lives

The group after a long day of work at Haven for Hope in San Antonio. An update from Sara Ann, a sophomore majoring in psychology and minoring in education who participated in the Alternative Breaks trip to San Antonio: Our Alternative Breaks trip to San Antonio was one I'll never forget. Although it was only a few days long, our group became friends almost instantly. And when you have friends doing service with you, the most mundane and repetitive tasks, like making PB&J sandwiches, can become a game of speed or a bonding moment. We had each other to make jokes and laugh with and to keep the energy going throughout long days of service. The community service [...]

2013-12-05T10:50:54+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Alternative Fall Breaks 2013|

There’s a lot of Heart in Hartshorne

An update from Liz, a junior, who participated in the Alternative Fall Breaks trip to Hartshorne, Oklahoma: How I spent fall break of my junior year is not what people would typically imagine a college student doing. This year I was privileged enough to travel to Hartshorne, Oklahoma, with SMU Alternative Breaks and work to rebuild a home that the organization Rebuilding Together had sponsored. Before I delve into my attempt of a lofty and deserving reflection of this trip, I suppose I should first provide some background of Hartshorne and Rebuilding Together. Hartshorne is a small town located just outside McAlester, Oklahoma, and 1,800 people call it home. Around 26 percent of the population lives below the poverty line [...]

2013-11-20T11:19:23+00:00 November 20th, 2013|Alternative Fall Breaks 2013|

More than 24,500 meals ready to go

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.

2013-11-14T15:48:28+00:00 November 14th, 2013|Alternative Fall Breaks 2013|