Freshman Service Program
One key component of SLUH’s mission as a Catholic, Jesuit school is to form young men who are dedicated to service with the poor and marginalized. The Freshman Service Program immediately introduces students to two different types of service offered through SLUH.
Each freshman will participate in two after-school service opportunities – one each semester. Both these opportunities begin immediately after school.
One semester, each freshman will help make a meal at school and serve that meal at Safe Haven, a division of Peter & Paul Community Services that provides permanent, supportive housing for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. Ingredients used for these meals are mostly the fruits of the school's Food Drive, held annually in September. When serving at Safe Haven, the freshman are provided with the same dinner they helped to cook and prepare. Students will usually be ready to leave SLUH by 7:00pm.
The other semester, each freshmen will spend an afternoon at McCormack House, a senior living community, visiting and playing games with older adults. Freshman will be back at SLUH and ready to be picked up by 5:20pm.
Your son will be assigned to both of his service dates, along with five to seven other freshmen and a faculty leader. A faculty moderator will either use a SLUH van to drive the group to Safe Haven or will accompany the group on the short walk to McCormack House.
Should there be a major conflict with a freshman's service date (such as a game), please contact Ms. Meg Beugg as soon as possible, and she will reschedule him for a different date. Though freshmen are not expected to miss a game for their SLUH athletic team, Freshman Service does take precedent over all practices, extracurriculars, and work grant. Please encourage your son to take note of his dates so that he can plan accordingly with his academic work, as well as extracurricular activities. Also, on his assigned days, please make arrangements for your son to be picked up at SLUH at the appropriate time.
It is our hope that after an introduction to SLUH’s service opportunities, freshman will continue to serve the St. Louis community and beyond through SLUH’s voluntary Community Service Program (CSP). All freshmen are encouraged to sign up for additional service opportunities through x2Vol, our service registration portal. For information on these additional service opportunities, please visit the Voluntary Community Service Program (CSP) page.
Freshman Service Site Details:
McCormack House at Forest Park Southeast
4575 Cadet Avenue
Saint Louis, MO, 63110
Safe Haven (a program of Peter & Paul Community Services)
2612 Wyoming Street
St. Louis, MO 63118