By Jenna Costello ’22, Staff Writer
Now that students have settled into their new classes this semester, many are looking for activities to do in their free time.
On Wednesday, October 27 from 4 to 6 p.m., Campus Ministry will be providing students with an opportunity to cook a meal for, and interact with the women of Bethany House. Organizers say this will be the first trip of many this semester.
Bethany House is a house of hospitality for women facing a variety of challenges such as homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration, addiction and mental illness. Its mission is to preserve the dignity and respect of these women by providing supplies and emotional support. The students at St. John Fisher will help work toward this mission by preparing and serving a hot meal to the residents of Bethany House, as well as guiding them through a community prayer.
Peer Minister of Service, Alyson Witt, has served at Bethany House twice and learned some valuable lessons about humanity. “People who sometimes have the least, can have the most to offer.” said Witt. “The women at Bethany House are so warm, welcoming, and are truly resilient. I can promise that if you serve at Bethany, you will become part of their family.” Witt credits some of her fondest memories at Fisher to community service.
“We’re called to follow in the motto of the College and the Basilian Fathers: Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge, and that extends beyond the campus boundaries,” Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, Jonathan Schott said.“So, by doing things like this, we get the opportunity to encounter other people and accompany them in their need.”
Although this service opportunity is hosted by Campus Ministry, it is important to note there are no religious requirements or previous service experience needed, newcomers are encouraged. Transportation will be provided for those wishing to participate.