The SOOP Program in San Antonio is similar to the church it comes from, San Antonio Mennonite Church. SAMC is a small (70-80 folks), close-knit and diverse community. We often gather together to celebrate special events, bring meals to new parents, cheer on someone's sports event, etc. SAMC is closely involved with immigrants from the nearby detention center. Service opportunities include helping with the influx of refugees at
La Casa de Marta
Y Maria and the bus stations. These volunteers should be able to communicate in Spanish. There is also maintenance work to be done at the house and perhaps cleaning. There will be construction work at the Church building and general repairs. There may be other service opportunities in the San Antonio charity organizations at food pantries and homeless shelters. Although SOOP work can't always be easily measured by hours or 'product', we plan for about 20 hours a week of service work. San Antonio is full of incredible and compassionate agencies, culture, and great places to explore. The hope is that SOOP stretches, teaches, builds community, and offers meaningful service possibilities.
Placements are available in San Antonio during January and February.
Lodging: One camper hook up is available in the church parking lot. Lodging will be available in several rooms with shared bathrooms in the church. There is also an RV campground about 1 mile from the church, if you are wanting to pay the fee for camping there. There is a bus stop at the church. Bus passes are available for $35 or $19.50 for those over 62. The church is located 3 blocks from the San Antonio River and
La Casa de Marta Y Maria. There is no land line so cell phones are encouraged. There is wireless service at the church. The January-March weather can vary-sometimes with cold nights (30's) and sometimes even cold days, though days are often warm with temperatures in the 60-70 degree range.