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From uncomfortable to comfortable

Students from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, spent their fall break giving service at White Violet Center. From left, Bianca Mina, Alyssa Yuen, Lindsey Mack, Ameer Chughtai, and Will Moore.

Students from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, spent their fall break giving service at White Violet Center. From left, Bianca Mina, Alyssa Yuen, Lindsey Mack, Ameer Chughtai, and Will Moore.

Five students from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, spent their fall break at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice giving service and learning more about sustainable living this week.

Alyssa Yuen, Ameer Chughtai, Bianca Mina, Lindsey Mack, and Will Moore arrived last Sunday and will begin the eight hour drive home Saturday morning.

Bianca said she is glad she made the choice to keep learning during her break from classes.

“It’s more fulfilling learning about the justice issues rather than being at home watching Netflix,” she said.

Thank you to these Creighton University students for spending their fall break giving service at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice!

Thank you to these Creighton University students for spending their fall break giving service at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice!

Their week included weeding in the USDA certified organic gardens, harvesting vegetables, washing and bagging produce, tearing out tomato cages, putting mulch on strawberry beds, deep cleaning the alpaca barn, feeding the alpacas, composting the manure at the industrial sized compost area and helped place a new cover on the roof of one of the high tunnels. They also volunteered at Helping Hands in West Terre Haute and played bingo with the Sisters of Providence one evening.

Ameer shared a saying they’ve been using all week.

“You’ve got to get uncomfortable to get comfortable,” he said.

He admitted working with the alpacas was not in his comfort zone when he first arrived, but being around them this week has made him more comfortable in their presence.

“You have to get out of your comfort zone. It really allows you to experience things that help you grow as an individual,” he said.

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Cheryl Casselman

Cheryl Casselman worked as a marketing manager for the Sisters of Providence for twenty years. She grew up in Camby, Indiana and now lives in Sullivan County, Indiana. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Indiana State University and master's degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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2 Comments

  1. Sister Paula Damiano on October 22, 2016 at 10:13 am

    This was a delightful group of students! It was so great to have them come to each table in the dining room to express their thanks and say goodbye. I’m certain they’ll be missed by many of us at the Woods.

  2. Cheryl Casselman on October 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I’ve heard a lot of people say they really enjoyed this group, Sister Paula. They said they had a great week! Hopefully Providence will bring them back to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods again someday.

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