We are grateful to all our student volunteer visitors, including groups from Vancouver University in Vancouver, Canada – top, Iona University in New Rochelle, New York – upper left, Misercordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania – upper right, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Gahenna, Ohio – lower left, and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee – lower right.
During the month of March, La Posada has the privilege of welcoming college and university students from many areas of the United States for their alternative spring breaks. The first group arrived March 1 and came from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, located in Gahanna, Ohio. Then came students from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee on March 6th. The students from Misericordia University, in Dallas, Pennsylvania did not want to return to Pennsylvania after a brief visit on March 7th.
This past week, students from Iona College, in New Rochelle, New York arrived early Monday morning to spend the day. They were followed by students from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and later students from Vancouver College, Canada visited. Throughout the spring, we will be welcoming groups of students from several colleges and universities from California, Missouri, and Ohio; perhaps from other states as well.
Some of the comments our visitors made were . . .
“What an amazing and welcoming place La Posada is!”
“This was a wonderful experience and great work is done here . . . I wish I could spend more time.”
“The people you help have been so courageous, having suffered so much in their country, leaving everybody and everything dear to them, suffering from hunger and fearing for their life on their dangerous journey. How much I admire them.”
“Thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn about the real issues facing immigrants and meeting, in person, immigrants who have struggled to be in a free country and are struggling to stay in this country.”
“I was impressed how everyone here at La Posada lives and works as a family.”
The staff and clients at La Posada were equally impressed by the compassion and earnestness displayed by these students who chose to spend an alternative spring break learning and giving of themselves for a better understanding of issues prompting migration from around the world.