Twenty-two Madison Academy students gave up their spring break to travel half way across the country to Houston in order to serve strangers. Although Hurricane Harvey hit six months ago, there are still people displaced and front lawns are still littered with flood damaged debris waiting to be hauled away. The needs are overwhelming in the 4 th largest city in the U.S., with one of the largest homeless populations in the country.
Our team volunteered at shelters, food banks, dementia treatment centers, meal delivery services, soup kitchens, and many other places. The goal for the trip was to get out of our comfort zones, and that we did! Whether it was doing laundry for a homeless lady, delivering lunch to an at-risk preschooler or teaching a teenager to do a two-high at the government funded housing project, comfort zones were busted!
The trip also included a stop at SWAU where our students were able to worship on a college campus and get a feel for college life. A quick visit to the Alamo, a Spurs game and a boat ride at the Riverwalk in San Antonio rounded out our trip.