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Workcamp Information Meeting January 15, 2014. where:Imperial, PA - 10 miles from Pittsburgh when:June 22 - 28, 2014 cost:$150 non-refundable deposit.

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1 Workcamp Information Meeting January 15, 2014

2 where:Imperial, PA - 10 miles from Pittsburgh when:June 22 - 28, 2014 cost:$150 non-refundable deposit Appeal Letter & help with other fundraisers total cost:$60,000($600 per person) group:100 teens and adults Workcamp 2014

3 Unlike most U.S. cities where you can see the sprawl coming for miles, the greater Pittsburgh area pops out almost out of nowhere from the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. That’s there you’ll find Imperial, where the old days of steel, coal, and oil are still present in the town, even if not very active anymore. You won’t have to look farther than the West Allegheny Food Pantry to see the genuine need of the elderly residents in the Imperial and surrounding communities. Many younger residents, faced with bleak job prospects after the steel and coal industries left town headed south, leaving the seniors with no help for basic home maintenance. You’ll serve people who have a generous heart and positive attitude, but just need the encouragement and spirit of Jesus that you’ll bring.

4 Fundraising Appeal Letters start early:write letters now emphasis:everyone participates Golf Tournamentend of May Bingo Youth Labor Auctiontbd Rent-a-Teentbd Cook Books Others...

5 need adults:1 adult per 5 teens 17 adults minimum other adults:site coaches, kitchen, office help needed:bingo nights youth labor auction coordinator fundraising meetings:monthly (now)  almost weekly in June teens must attend

6 Contact Info: Chris Treado Jane Treado Facebook Groups St Francis Workcamp 2012 St Francis Workcamp 2011 St Francis de Sales Teen Faith Parish Web Site

7 Program Theme: Repair: Be A Story Of Transformation Daily: The story of a rich young man The story of Legion The story of Lazarus The story of Zacchaeus The story of Ananias and Saul

8 You have to be able to imagine lives that are not yours. Wendell Berry Compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others; it’s about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. ‘Be compassionate as God is compassionate’ means the dismantling of barriers that exclude. Fr. Greg Boyle Recognizing that we are wholly acceptable is God’s own truth for us - waiting to be discovered. Fr. Greg Boyle

9 Who did you SERVE today? How did you SERVE them?

10 Who did you SERVE last week? How did you SERVE them? What SERVICE opportunities did you miss last week? –Who? –How?

11 For On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' " "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise.". Luke 10:25-37

12 Top 10 States with Highest Poverty Rate, 2007-2008 State, % People Below Poverty Level 1. Mississippi 21.9% 2. Arkansas 18.8% 3. Kentucky 18.6% 4. District of Columbia 18.4% <<< 5. New Mexico 18.0% 6. West Virginia 17.7% <<< 7. Alabama 17.5% 8. Louisiana 17.3% 9. Texas 17.2% 10. Tenn & South Carolina 17.1% U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008

13 Poor in America "You are voiceless and somewhat powerless to change your situation because you are too busy trying to survive to make the changes you need to improve your situation." - Female, 40, Washington, household of one, income less than $8,860 "I'm a senior, disabled, all alone, no money, sit in front of T.V. all day - why? Too poor to socialize. Poverty is like being in prison. Why even try to stay alive? For what?" - Female, 62, Oregon, household of one, income less than $8,860 "Struggling to pay bills, constant disconnection notices, not having money to wash and purchase clothing to work in because bills and household needs have to come first. Listening to your children say they are hungry, but not knowing what you are going to be able to give them before your food stamps come." - Female, 32, Missouri, household of five, income of less than $8,860

14 Poor in America "People look down on you, thinking that you're nothing, like not one poor person tried in their life." - Female, Kansas, 16, household of three, income of less than $8,860 "Not having enough money to have a nice Christmas. Not being able to have nice things for birthdays." - Female, 23, Michigan, household of one, income of less than $8,860 "Feeling like you always owe everyone either an apology or an explanation or both." - Female, 52, Kansas, household of four, income of less than $8,860 © 2006 Catholic Campaign for Human Development

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