Service In Action
Helping Local Families Get Back On Their Feet
La Posada Family Emergency Shelter
Sociology students worked alongside residents and staff at Catholic Charities’ La Posada Family Emergency Shelter in a neighborhood clean-up effort in Toledo’s Old South End. This project was the result of a strong partnership Lourdes formed with La Posada.
The partnership allowed students the opportunity to study real social issues in our community and meet community needs. In addition, students also helped make improvements to the interior of the facility and created a teddy bear program to provide toys for the children of those families who take refuge at the shelter.
Josina Lott Residential & Community Services
Students of the Lourdes Pre-Art Therapy Association (ATA) helped residents of Josina Lott create works of art during one of their many visits. The activity was part of an ongoing partnership the association has with Josina Lott to encourage residents to express themselves and hone their fine motor skills through art.
Psychology major Meredith Shalda particularly gained a lot from this service learning opportunity. "The residents of Josina Lott have so much joy, it's contagious," she says. "Being able to work with them is always a fun and amazing learning experience."