On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area, leaving massive, almost indescribable destruction in her wake. Thirteen years later, an estimated 3,000 families who owned homes before Hurricane Katrina still do not have the funds or resources necessary to rebuild. These families are the people who you will be serving in your time there. On this trip students will join St. Bernard Project on their mission to provide housing for all those whom were affected by Hurricane Katrina. As a volunteer, mornings are spent helping rebuild a family's home and evenings are spent exploring the city of New Orleans and learning about the its unique cultural aspects. Applications for the NOLA Service Immersion Trip open in July 2019.
The Service Immersion Trip to Los Angeles and the U.S. Mexico Border first started at Regis in December 2016, since it's founding it has grown and continued to impact the lives of student participants. On this trip Regis students are exposed to the reality of poverty and homelessness in the urban inner city of Los Angeles. Students will be taken to the Dolores Mission Parish in the city of Boyle Heights, right outside of downtown Los Angeles. Regis students will also have the opportunity to work directly with Homeboy Industries, a nationally acclaimed gang-intervention program founded by Fr. Greg Boyle – author of Tattoos on the Heart. During the other half of the trip students will work with Border Angels, an all volunteer, non-profit organization that advocates for human rights and humane immigration reform with a special focus on issues related to the US-Mexico border. Students will learn first-hand about the different issues affecting our country, among them; gang violence, immigration, addiction, homelessness, and income inequality. Applications for the LA and U.S. Mexico Border Service Immersion Trip open in July 2019.