If you've ever been to DSW in Camden, you probably remember the abandoned house next door, 526 State St. For many years it was boarded up, and DSW volunteers painted Salesian quotes on it to brighten it's appearance. One of our community partners, Ed Zampitella of the Last Stop, began renovating it for AA housing before discontinuing the rehab.
Finally in 2017, the house became part of DSW! The Last Stop generously donated it to DSW, and we will continue it's restoration. The increased space will allow us to expand our work bringing people together for service learning in the Salesian tradition. We'll host volunteers in the space who will serve those most in need in Camden, and our mission will continue to grow.
DeSales Service Works DSW is the volunteer service program of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales based in Camden, NJ. DSW hosts high school, college, and young adult service retreat groups who come to our city to learn and serve. Since 2009, each year we have welcomed about 1,000 retreat volunteers who have contributed over 12,000 hours to support efforts for good in the city of Camden. In addition to retreat groups, our Service Year Volunteers also serve in Camden with DeSales Service Works. Service Year Volunteers are recent college graduates who dedicate one year of service to address the needs of the community, working in partnership with the marginalized through full-time service at local nonprofit organizations that include social service agencies, healthcare facilities, elementary schools, youth development programs, and many more. Volunteers live in North Camden, where they live in simple community and solidarity as they learn together about the social justice issues of our world today.
CAMDEN- OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND HOME
Camden is a challenging environment impacted by poverty, drug trafficking, and violence that demands compassion in action. While Camden still upholds the stigma of being dangerous and poor, our program challenges volunteers to see beyond the surface of an impoverished community. St. Francis de Sales stated “There is nothing small in the service of God,” and we believe that our volunteers embody this sentiment by working towards achieving social justice by acting with God’s love and mercy amidst the needy of the city. Please consider supporting our Service Year Volunteers by contributing to our online campaign. We have experienced an extraordinary year of offering meaningful service opportunities to young adults who have the desire to dedicate their time in service to others, and we are now looking for your help in continuing this work. All donations will go directly towards covering the various costs of supporting these young adults as they live and serve in Camden, including room and board, formation materials, transportation costs, and salaries. Your generosity will help continue the Salesian tradition of service that has blossomed in Camden, NJ.
Our 3rd event will be even better than the first two! Join us for live music, all you can eat and drink, and basket and wine raffles!
June 9, 2018
at Cathedral Hall in Camden, NJ.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
Please consider supporting at one of the following sponsorship levels to ensure our ministry of serving the marginalized and leadership training for our volunteers can continue.
(multiple sponsorships available at each level)
$3,000- HVAC "Keep US Warm" Sponsor
$2,000- Electric "Let There be Light"
$1,000- Plumbing "Keep the Water Flowing" Sponsor
$500- Flooring "Lay the Laminate" Sponsor
$250- Painting "Grab a Brush" Sponsor