Mount Mercy students head south for service trip

Mount Mercy University students are packing their bags, gathering tools, and preparing to depart on March 19 for the annual Alternative Spring Break service trip as they prepare to live out the institution's mission to serve those in need.

More than 15 students, alumni and staff members will leave on March 19 for a Spring Break service trip to San Juan, Texas, returning on March 27. The group will partner with Proyecto Azteca, a community directed, self-help housing organization dedicated to assisting low income families with the construction of quality, affordable houses, and empowering them to become responsible home owners with an enhanced quality of life. Students will help repair houses and construct homes for low-income families in the area. Tasks will include putting up drywall, caulking, painting, varnishing, sanding, and much more.

Students participating in the service trip include:

  • Sophomore Kelsey Bishop, from Washington, Iowa
  • Junior Elisabeth Boyles, from North Liberty, Iowa
  • Sophomore Cathy Brehm, from Peosta, Iowa
  • Junior Dia Brown, from Urbandale, Iowa
  • Freshman Enrique Cortina, from Spain
  • Junior Ben Kucera, from Solon, Iowa
  • Junior Emily McLane, from East Dubuque, Ill
  • Junior Jen Noe, from Marion, Iowa
  • Alumna Anna Reyland '08, from Cedar Rapids
  • Sophomore Hailey Shuler, from Hampton, Iowa
  • Junior Ian Ster, from Marion, Iowa
  • Freshman Sarah White, from Polk City, Iowa


Staff members accompanying the students include Campus Minister Jesse Henkle '00 and Athletics Office Manager Rhonda Martin.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928, Mount Mercy provides opportunities to integrate faith and learning for all students. Mount Mercy is committed to serving the community wherever human need exists through four interdependent goals: using reflective judgment, engaging in strategic communication, serving the common good, and promoting purposeful living. Students regularly participate in service projects that involved everything from helping flood-damaged homes in New Orleans to participating in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community-wide volunteer projects. 

To view footage of last year's Alternative Spring Break trip, visit our page on service and volunteerism.

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