The story of New Orleans is a tale of two cities—poverty and affluence, decadence and simplicity, tradition rooted in history and modernization, pre-Katrina and post-Katrina. You will build relationship with our friends in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, experience their warm hospitality, and contribute to the rebuilding efforts still taking place in struggling neighborhoods through our partnering organization—the United Saints Recovery Project.  You will have the opportunity to do large and small home repair projects to allow homeowners to stay in their homes. This year United Saints have invited us to work in both Baton Rouge, which is still recovering from devastating floods, and New Orleans. We will experience a social justice tour of the Big Easy addressing the history and culture of the city from its founding through slavery and reconstruction, the modern period, and through the terrible events of Katrina in 2005 through to the uneven recovery. We will frame all of our work, learning and reflection in the spirit of the ongoing civil rights movement stopping at the National Civil Rights Memorial in Memphis, Tennessee on the way to NOLA.


Because of housing, food, transportation and program costs, these immersions require significant funding. University Ministry is able to subsidize a portion of the cost, but not all. We will be accepting applications in two groups. Early acceptance participants will apply by Friday, December 7, 2018 and deposit $200, and regular acceptance participants will apply by Friday, January 11, 2019 and deposit $250. We ask that all participants commit to working with the other ABI participants and leaders to fundraise a total of $6,000 through letter writing, family, friends, professors, former teachers, etc., want to support your ambitions and in your service. We will give you the tools and confidence to ask for their support. Once accepted, more details will follow about making your deposit and the letter writing campaign.

University Ministry understands that the cost of these trips can be prohibitive to some students. We strongly encourage students in this situation to make an appointment with Claudia Guzman ( or Mazz North 298 D) to create a payment plan and/or apply for a scholarship. 

Program Dates

Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11, 2018

This trip will make stops in Memphis, Tennessee, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Early Application deadline for Spring 2018 is Friday, December 7, 2018

Regular Application deadline for Spring 2018 is Friday, January 11, 2019

Post-Acceptance Commitments
  • Attend two pre-trip meetings to give context to what the trip encompasses and systems at play for the residents of the 9th Ward.
  • Attend a Team Building and Orientation event
  • The times for these meetings are TBD.