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VFHgroup-SOFIEStudents participating in the summer service project, Voices from the Heart... Voices from the Heart Network Summer Project

June 2011

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. God's grace in Jesus Christ moves us to help our neighbors, whether they live in the next house, the next state, or the next continent. Confronting the problem of hunger can seem overwhelming.”

During this project, thirteen members from schools of the Network served and engaged DC’s homeless at the Church of the Epiphany through the YSOP ( program and also spent three days attending workshops on issues that are important to hungry and poor people. Each evening the group engaged in a variety of conversations with David Beckmann, Executive Director of Bread for the World and Bloomfield Hills Alumnae, who are interning at the Center for Educational Design and Communication in DC. On the final day of the conference, our students joined over 300 people on the Hill to lobby their representatives to create a circle of protection around the US budget that addresses the needs of the hungry and poor.

Here are some quotes from our participants.

“It was eye-opening and inspiring. This trip allowed us to work hands-on at a soup kitchen and advocate for the poor & hungry, giving us a multi-dimensional experience. I am grateful for this spiritually and politically awakening trip.” Laura – CSH, NY

“Bread for the World is a movement that strives for faith, care and hope.” – Katie – Duchesne, NE

“Getting the opportunity to sit down and talk with David Beckmann was amazing. I was inspired to meet a man so dedicated and invested in aiding the plight of the poor and hungry worldwide and the experience further interested me in Bread for the World.” Lauren – ASH, MI

“Be hopeful, even when you feel hopeless. With the power we have, we can end hunger and poverty. As a young generation we hold change in our hands and gatherings like this only encourage and help that.” Kyaira – Josephinum, IL

“My experience on the Bread for the World National Gathering was a fruitful and educational experience. I learned about the mission of Bread, the importance of pushing legislation in the US Congress, and strengthened my faith.” – Ornella – CSH, NY

“At the Bread Conference, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet people from all over the country who taught me to be passionate and assertive about our common goals, but most of all hopeful for the future.” – Sarah – Stone Ridge, MD

“Being able to see a massive group of hundreds of people from all walks of the earth & denominations coming together for one common goal was the most incredible experience of all.” Jenni – Woodlands Academy, IL

“There was so much beauty and power behind the fact that our actions at this conference saved lives all over the world.” Megan – Newton Country Day, MA

“It was empowering to see over 300 people advocating for what they believe in.” – Teacher at Barat Academy, MO

“I find the connection and collaboration of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools to be one of the best parts of my job at Barat Academy. It is so great to know that we can all support and inspire each other to continue in educating the children of the Sacred Heart.

The Voices from the Heart Summer Service Project inspired me, because I was able to meet  OUTSTANDING women of the Sacred Heart who are excited and ready to be fearless educators, and mature leaders in whatever field they end up in!” – Teacher at Barat Academy, MO

“For most people, poverty is not their choice. But it is our individual choice to accept that or try to change it.

Hope, faith, moral duty…Whatever the angle, we owe it to ourselves to overcome indifference. It is the only common sense choice “toward” progress.

Holding human life sacred is basic, yet we still seem to indulge in the comfort of “systems” and the place they reserve for each of us. Becoming aware of inequities and taking social action should be our mechanism of growth.” – Teacher at Bloomfield Hills, MI