March 8-14 Camp Restore Detroit hosted our first college week! Campers from four different colleges across the United States came together in Detroit for a week of service and learning! All three groups worked so hard and completed big projects in partnership with our community leaders!

On Monday one group of campers helped clean the kitchen at a local community center, another group organized our tool shed (a big thank you!), and then all three groups spent the afternoon clearing blight and trash from a backyard and alley with Sandra, one of our community leaders!

Tuesday and Wednesday the campers cleared more blight with our community leaders, boarded up abandoned houses, and helped out on a urban farm near our campus.

Even though they were tired and two of the groups left early due to COVID-19, our campers persevered on Thursday and cleared the blight around the Redeemer House!

Each day ended with a time of learning and discussion. We shared about Camp Restore Detroit and asset-based community development. Dr. Mark Koschmann spoke about Faith and Justice in the City, and a panel of community leaders shared what they do and answered any questions our campers had about the restoration happening in Detroit.

A huge thank you to all our campers from Virginia Commonwealth University, Concordia Student Ministry, Inver Hills Community College, and Concordia University St. Paul, our community, and speakers! You all worked so hard and we are so thankful for your willingness to serve and learn in Detroit!

If you are a college student or work with college students and are interested in a service trip to Camp Restore Detroit, please let us know! We are open year-round and love camper groups of all ages! Call us at 313-530-3522, send us an email at [email protected], or click the button below to start planning your trip today! We can’t wait to serve with you!

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