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Living the Mission

ant community is. These are my        and sweat. We had a great group,          “At Wheeling Jesuit, our
neighbors and I needed to be here     who worked hard all day.”             mission calls us to be men and
to help them.”                                                              women for others. This flooding
                                          The service trip to Clendenin     has caused so much damage and
    The son of the homeowner,         was a first for student Sloane        suffering. This was my chance to
Jeff, said his parents were in their  Glover. The senior said she was       help out two families - help them
eighties and were overwhelmed         heartbroken when she saw how          in a small way. This day helped me
by the amount of destruction to       the flooding had devastated the       realize there is a lot of good hap-
their home. He said the flood         southern part of the state.           pening in the midst of so much
waters rose to about six feet inside                                        devastation.”
the one-story house.                      “West Virginia holds a special
                                      place in my heart and I knew I            Collins said that in addition to
    “They just didn’t know where      needed to go on this trip. I was      this group, WJU PT students and
to even start (with cleaning and      able to help, talk to and pray with   faculty were in Richwood, West
rebuilding). The work that your       flood victims, and meet a lot of      Virginia providing medical service
students and employees are doing      other volunteers that were from all   the same day. The Appalachian In-
is a great help to them. We just      over the country. It really opened    stitute also is coordinating service
don’t even know how to say thank      my eyes to all the good there is in   trips with partners at Jesuit high
you,” Jeff said.                      this country after the recent trage-  schools across the country.
                                      dies happening all over the United
    At a second house, the group      States,” Glover said.                     She noted that residents can
worked to remove mud that cov-                                              continue to help the flood victims
ered the yard.                            Sunnie English, an employee at    by making donations through
                                      WJU’s English Language Institute,     Catholic Charities West Virginia at
    Ralph Seward ’06, a WJU em-       was part of the service trip also.
ployee, said the work at the sec-
ond house “was a lot of hard work

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