Padres Make a Difference in East L.A.
Padres Make a Difference in East L.A.

Eight Serra Padres participated in a life-changing immersion trip in East Los Angeles from June 8-14. The students stayed at Dolores Mission Church and School, where they attended Mass, worked in an after-school program and prepared meals for the Guadalupe Homeless Project.

"We spent a day visiting Fr. Greg Boyle (author of 'Tattoos on the Heart') at Homeboy Industries, where we heard personal accounts of the services they offer for gang and prison rehabilitation and reintegration," noted Serra teacher and immersion trip leader Mary Dowden. "We also ventured down to Skid Row, where we did service at the Catholic Worker house, Midnight Mission and Union Rescue Mission. So many of the places and people we learned from offered hope, strength and courage for the future."

From immigration and poverty to addiction and restorative justice, the Padres had a broad-based learning experience. They also visited Dodger Stadium, the Griffith Observatory and Santa Monica beach . . . and they caught two Warriors championship games!