Reach Out Reach In is a summer service week for high school youth who want to be involved in direct service and social action. Youth learn about the many community organizations, located around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, that work to meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable in the city. Site locations including 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.
Reach Out Reach In invites…
- Teens ages 15-18, who have completed ninth grade.
- Teens who are interested in spending the week in service with children in shelters or summer programs, special needs children and adults, a family and organic farm, painting or landscaping for community organizations and so much more.
- Teens who want to experience living in community. Our home for the week is TBD. Youth will make NEW FRIENDS who share a passion for making a difference in our world, often one relationship at a time!
- Teens who want to simplify life for just a week! This important aspect of the week brings us into solidarity with those we serve. We eat amazing meals together, limit our shower use to one a day, and abstain from television, cell phones, and other media. You can do it!
- Each day begins and ends with prayer. Sometimes it is woven into the day, as we have experiences that we turn over to our loving God. Reconciliation is available during the week, and we invite families to join us on Friday for a closing Liturgy and celebration of the week.
- Each evening we share stories and reflect on the service of the day in light of Catholic Social Teaching and Justice education.
- Those who have attended RORI in the past are invited to return and look at ways we can advocate for change at a different worksite. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow in grace at the wonder of our Catholic Faith.
If YOU accept this invitation your generosity will come back to you!
Reach Out Reach In will be held July 15-20, 2018.
Note: Youth ministers, due to interest from new parishes, please limit the group sent from your parish to 10 youth. If you have more than 10 youth from your parish who are interested in attending, please feel free to keep a waitlist. After the April 30th deadline, if there is room we will open up the registration to additional youth from those parishes.
Article by Mount Mary on Co-Director Tanya Gross and the Reach Out Reach In program
Catholic Heard Article Published on July 20, 2017
Click on the photo to watch the 2017 Reach Out Reach In Slideshow
Read about past years Reach Out Reach In in the Catholic Herald: