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Saint Joe’s Regional and Roselle Catholic Partner to Help Those in Need During February Break

For six to seven hours each day the boys did construction projects for local families, including building a staircase in a nearby backyard so an elderly gentlemen could more easily dispose of his garbage, fixing the underpinning of a single mom’s front porch to keep the trailer she lived in warmer, and replacing sheetrock and spackling water damage in another home. The students also completed chores around the farm, including building an outhouse.

The weeklong adventure opened the boys’ eyes about the pervasive poverty in the region and the struggles of those who live in the area, one of the poorest in the nation.  Prayer was an integral part of the Nazareth Farm experience. Rather than using prayers they knew, the
Saint Joe’s and Roselle Catholic students crafted their own prayers that reflected their activities and lessons from the day’s work.

Jack Battle, a St. Joe’s student, summed up the trip: “You can’t get this experience anywhere else; it’s life-changing.”