Day 2: Beth-El Donation Organization!

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Hello everyone! I’m Kaif Syed, one of the participants on the Ruskin ABST. Our day started with some homemade breakfast, and then we headed to our second community partner for this trip – Beth El Farm Workers Ministry. Upon arrival, we were welcomed and signed in by Shelly, the administrative assistant and thrift store manager […]

Sunday Fun-Day!

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Hey everyone! It’s Danielle Lanphere, one of the leaders on the Ruskin ABST! After a tiring travel day, we went to Hooks for dinner and had gator bites! We got settled in for the night, grocery shopped and planned out our exciting next day. Sunday was our fun day before our work week began. We […]

Embrace Fear of the Dark

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BY GRAHAM RUSCO: Day 5 presented the challenge of self reflection as we embarked on our first ever Navajo sweat lodge experience. The Navajo people utilize the sweat lodge as a method to cleanse the body of toxins. Specifically designed to mimic the environment of the womb, the sweat lodge poses total darkness once inside. […]

Forgotten Fish and Frogs

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  Waves crash into the blockades of the bayfront. Seagulls yap in unison as they walk in sync, preparing to lift themselves from the pavement near Smugglers’ Wharf. A pinkish hue blankets the horizon, as customers from bars can be heard chattering while they gaze at the dropping sun. It’s Summertime in Erie, Pennsylvania, and […]

Freedom is: Gannon University

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Freedom. It is a simple word that almost everyone knows the definition of. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines freedom as “the quality or state of being free, such as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” It seems like a simple concept, yet many lives have been laid down for this simple […]