Service Trips

Summer Service Trip 

Where does the program take place?  The program will take place at the St. Vincent DePaul Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The St. Vincent DePaul Center is located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish.   

What is the program in which the students are involved?  The students will live together in accommodations provided by the Vincentian Priests and the Daughters of Charity Sisters who run the St. Vincent DePaul Center.  The Vincentians and Daughters organize a program of work in and around the Germantown neighborhoods for the students, who will be doing various tasks and work with a variety of non-profit organizations, as well as helping to prepare their own meals and tend to their living quarters.  Some of the possible work sites are:

  • Inn Dwelling – This Habitat for Humanity-like organization rehabs dilapidated houses in the Germantown area for the community’s poor.
  • St. Martin De Porres Grade School – Students will help at the school with manual labor that needs to be completed on school grounds and assist with the school’s summer camp program.
  • Whosoever Gospel Mission – This center provides food and clothing to the poor.  Students will work in both the soup kitchen and thrift store.
  • St. Catherine’s Infirmary – This is a residential facility for elderly and infirm Vincentian priests and brothers.  Students will visit with the residents and join their afternoon activities, which include sports, games, and recreation. 
  • Euphrasia House – This facility provides a safe haven and professional social services to women who want to make positive changes in their lives.  Students will interact with the women and do household chores.
  • Neighborhood Children – When students and staff are not at work sites, time will be spent playing and interacting with the neighborhood children. 


Who is eligible to participate in this program?  Students who are currently in their junior year are eligible.  The program fulfills 30 service hours of the 60 hour graduation requirement.  If space remains, sophomores may apply.

When does the program take place?  Two trips are offered, one for girls and one for boys.  Traditionally, the trips have taken place in early to mid-June and early July.  Dates will be listed as soon as they are finalized for the summer of 2011.  Trips are led by Campus Ministry leaders.

How is the program financed? St. Elizabeth High School finances a portion of the program, and students are asked to pay $160 to help cover the registration fee and other trip expenses.