Holy Cross Social Justice Program

The Holy Cross Social Justice Program stems from the life and teachings of Christ who came "to bring glad tidings to the poor...liberty to captives...recovery of sight to the blind. (Lk4:1819) The four-year program offers students knowledge and lived experiences of the tenets of Catholic school teaching in society, opportunities to develop compassionate awareness through contemplative prayer and finally, students are invited to put this love and knowledge into action through the preparation of a capstone project senior year.

It is through the pillars of Being Family, Bringing Hope, Building Respect, and Educating Hearts and Minds that students may come to understand what our founder Blessed Basil Moreau meant when he said that "we must be, first of all, so closely united in charity as to form but one mind and one soul; for, as you well know, in union there is strength" (Circular Letter 1 Moreau 1835).

With the new Holy Cross Social Justice program, students enter into a unique space in which course content, service activities and their retreat experiences facilitate a rich praxis, making the transition from their formation as Holy Cross men and women to transforming themselves and the world around them, applying newfound knowledge to the challenging circumstances and problems then encounter in society.

Holy Cross Social Justice Program Overview - Prezi

Holy Cross Social Justice Service Hours Form

9th Grade Guidelines

Theme: Being Family

Ninth-grade students are expected to complete a minimum of ten (10) hours of service by April 27, 2018. These hours will be completed in keeping with the “Being Family” theme--women’s shelters, children’s services, tutoring children, etc. These hours will be submitted in the student’s second semester Theology class and will be part of a graded assignment for the course.

Approved Organizations/Agencies/Institutions

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO)
(510) 581-3223
22245 Main Street Suite 104
Hayward, CA 94541

Tri-City Homeless Coalition-Sunrise Village- Fremont, CA
(510) 252-0910

St. Vincent DePaul, Oakland
(510) 444-3790
Women/Family Center
2260 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612

Mercy Retirement & Care Center
(510) 228-4032
3431 Foothill Blvd
Oakland, CA 94601

St. Anthony Foundation, San Francisco
(415) 241-2600
150 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

  • St. Anthony Dining Room (415) 592-2726
  • Clothing & Housewares Program (415) 592-2826
  • Learning Center (415) 592-2766
  • Madonna Residence (415) 592-2864

Our Lady of the Rosary
(510) 471-2609
Feeding the Homeless
Ctct: Banita Casareno
703 C St. Union City 94587-2195

Pacifica Senior Living of Union City
(510) 489-3800
33883 Alvarado Niles Rd.
Union City, CA

FCSN - Friends of Children with Special Needs
2300 Peralta Blvd
Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 739-6900
Tiffany Tsai
fcsnafterschool@yahoo.com

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) Banyan House
21568 Banyan St, Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 538-0321

10th Grade Guidelines

Theme: Bringing Hope

The focus for the second year of the social justice program is "Bringing Hope." Tenth-grade students are expected to complete a minimum of 15 hours by April 27, 2018 during their sophomore year. The mandatory hours must be done in any of the pre-approved sites from our list below.

Approved Organizations/Agencies/Institutions

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO)

(510) 581-3223
22245
Main Street Suite 104

Hayward, CA 94541

Tri-City Homeless Coalition-Sunrise Village- Fremont, CA

(510) 252-0910
Ctct: Jean Morgan

St. Anthony Foundation, San Francisco 

(415) 241-2600
150
Golden Gate Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

  • St. Anthony Dining Room (415) 592-2726
  • Clothing & Housewares Program (415) 592-2826
  • Learning Center (415) 592-2766
  • Madonna Residence (415) 592-2864

FCSN - Friends of Children with Special Needs
2300 Peralta Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 739-6900
Tiffany Tsai
fcsnafterschool@yahoo.com

The Kids Breakfast Club
22542 Second Street
Hayward CA 9454
www.tkbc.org

Alma Via of Union City
Alvarado Niles Rd.
Union City, CA
(510) 489-3800

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) Banyan House
21568 Banyan St.
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 538-0321

NOTE: Students can participate in our Alternative Spring Break program, and those hours will count toward their service requirement. Please contact Ann Khristine Tabora, 
Director of Campus Ministry
 (510-881-4300).

Other choices: Many churches organize efforts to build homes in other countries (example: Baja Christian Ministries, where students go across the border during Spring Break to build homes for the poor). Students wishing to participate in such a program offered by their church, need to have those hours approved. Please contact Bryan Lorentz, HCSJ Coordinator, (510-881-4321).

11th Grade Guidelines

Theme: Building Respect

The focus for the third year of the social justice program is "Building Respect." In this phase of the program, the foundations of the capstone project will be set within the context of student's coursework in Moreau's Social Justice Seminar. As part of the seminar, all students will participate in a two-day service retreat and will receive 15 hours for this time. Beyond those 15 hours, students are also asked to complete an additional 20 hours of service on their own, which will be approved by their Social Justice teacher in accordance with their capstone project goals.

In the Social Justice Seminar, students will build the foundational questions and cultivate new insights toward their capstone projects, which will be due during their senior year. This course serves as a cornerstone for the capstone project -- a culmination of volunteer experience during their time at Moreau -- and inspires our students to become active agents of change, advocates for the poor and vulnerable and individuals whose passions and talents connect with the needs of the world.

12th Grade Guidelines

Theme: Educating Hearts and Minds

The focus for the final year of the social justice program is "Educating Hearts and Minds" and students are expected to complete their Senior Capstone Project.

Specifically, twelfth-grade students are expected to complete an 8-page research paper (minimum of 2,000 words); a 5-page written talk to be delivered about their project (10-15 minutes in length) using a format for talks adopted from TEDx speaker guidelines, and completion of project goals and a signed goals sheet by mentor(s), teacher and parent/guardian. Refer to page 34 in the student handbook for additional guidelines. Projects are due February 12, 2018.

Contact:

Please contact or meet with Mr. Bryan Lorentz with any questions regarding the agency/organization for which you wish to volunteer. Click here for FAQ.

Bryan Lorentz, HCSJ Coordinator
blorentz@moreaucatholic.org

(510) 881-4321



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