Reach Out Reach In

Reach Out Reach In is a summer service week sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 
The program offers high school teens an opportunity for service and much more. 

Reach Out Reach In will be held July 10-15, 2016

Download Reach Out Reach In 2016 Registration Packet

Reach Out Reach is for teens aged 15 through 18, who have completed 9th grade and who want to be involved in direct service and social action.  The sites, located around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, include homeless shelters, adult day care, community organizations, meal programs, family/organic farms, child care and more.  The experience includes community, simple living, prayer, and justice education.


Read about past years' Reach Out Reach In in the Catholic Herald: 

2016 Recap


What happens when you get 52 teens, 18 adults, 13 worksites and beautiful weather together for a week?
The 26th year of Reach Out Reach In and a lot of work!
Special thanks need to go out to Gary Pokorny and Jennifer Murphy for their help in last minute promotions. And extra special thanks to all who responded and advertised again. I had to keep telling myself this year, if we build it they will come. And they did, from all over the archdiocese. And thanks to Dominican High School, which was a very excellent, new home site for us. The very generous and kind staff gave up fans for the teens to be able to sleep better at night.

What is so special about this Reach Out Reach In program you might ask?
It was started by youth ministers! They saw a value in taking youth on mission trips. They saw a need to expose youth to the complex social justice needs in the Milwaukee area. They wanted youth to be able to go back during the year and connect with those they had served.

Some things I have noticed in my 25 years with the program…
*The adult leaders value the experience as much as the teens.
*We have incorporated a service leadership role in which youth returning for the third year can be high school interns. *We have 2-4 college interns each year.
*The program directors are gifted, knowledgeable and committed to social justice.
*The food is always great! I often say I come so I don’t have to cook for a weekJ
*The worksites are amazed that the day’s work they plan is only half a day! Our teens work hard!
*We learn about Catholic Social Teaching.
*We pray.
*We have fun!
*We learn valuable life lessons.

In closing, if you would like a group of youth to come to your parish or school to describe their adventure of RORI please call or email, (414)545-4316 or   Thanks again.

Mary Osep, Administrator, Reach Out Reach In


 Click on the photo to watch the 2016 Reach Out Reach In Slideshow

RORI Slideshow Video

Reach Out Reach In

Mary Osep
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
414-541-9470, x15

Catechesis and Youth Ministry

Gary Pokorny

Jennifer Murphy
Administrative Assistant

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

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PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912
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