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Covenant House

Covenant House logoI finally filled out the volunteer application for Covenant House, a Catholic shelter for homeless teens (under age 21) on Ft. Lauderdale beach.  They’ve been looking to fill a “Pastoral Minister” position for years, but only recently found someone for the last couple of months.  They organize spiritual activities like prayer services, council, Bible study, and take kids to church (of various faiths).  It sounds like a difficult, but very necessary service for these teens.

After last months YES Retreat, which had a speaker from Covenant House, I decided to see if I could volunteer some time on the weekends, especially since our youth group is no longer active.  While trying to get to the place today, the police had 2 blocks around the building blocked off — I thought it was a hostage standoff.  Apparently, a dump truck driver knocked over some electrical poles and cause a major power outage.  Of all days that I pick to go!

Just to top things off, I found out the new “Pastoral Minister” is leaving in a couple of weeks.  — These kids just can’t get a break!    

Review YES Retreat 2007

YES pics by Francis

The Youth Enjoying Service (Y.E.S.) Retreat is a 5 day (June 6-10th) service project experience for high school teens from all over the archdiocese of Miami.  It’s is held at the Madonna Retreat House in Hallendale.  This year had a small (but very lively) group of 12 teens.

This blog post will be the master directory of all the events & pictures from the video in case the locations change.  You can find most of the events on PAGE 3PAGE 4 of my archives, but the link to each event is below:

——————–  Day #1 / June 6 / Wednesday  ——————–
(evening) Welcome + “Human BINGO” + “4 Winds Blow” + Dinner (11 pics)
(talk) “Catholic Social Teaching” (4 pics) — by Gloria Luna

——————–  Day #2 / June 7 / Thursday  ——————–
(morning) Breakfast + Prayer + Leaving by Bus (3 pics)
(project) St Elizabeth Gardens arrival + games + lunch + BINGO (27 pics)
(dinner) “Class” Dinner (5 pics)
(talk“Immigration” (2 pics) — by Sr. Ondina Cortes
(eveningEnd of day sharing + making lunch (6 pics)

——————–  Day #3 / June 8 / Friday  ——————–
(morning) Breakfast + Prayer (? pics)
(project) Providence Place (? pics) — women’s shelter
(free time) S.W.A.T. training (? pics)
(talk) Monica Santos (? pics)

——————–  Day #4 / June 9 / Saturday  ——————–
(morning) Breakfast + Prayer (? pics)
(project) Daily Bread Food Bank (? pics) — food pantry
(free time) Football (? pics)
(talk) Convenant House (? pics) — shelter for runaway teens
(talk) “Eucharist” by Bishop Estevez (? pics) — a great surprise visit
(dinner) Dinner (? pics)
(service) Commissioning (? pics)
(nightime) Dancing? + “Mission Impossible” (? pics & 1 video)

——————–  Day #5 / June 10 / Sunday  ——————–
(morning) Breakfast + Prayer (? pics)
(closing) Closing Mass (? pics)


——————— STATUS  of  VIDEO  EDITING  ———————-

July 18 — finished day #2 (35 minutes) – “Class” dinner, immigration,
sharing, & making lunch
July 17 — working on day #2 – finished aerobicsBINGO (10 minutes)
July 03 — working on day #2 – finished wheelchair races (14 minutes)
June 29 — finished editing day #1 (7 minutes). See pics on PAGE 4 (middle).
June 28 — I found a 2 minute video clip on my memorystick.  See it here.
June 27 — added blog posts of retreat events (without pictures, yet)
Francis also posted pictures of the retreat on the Office of Youth website.