July 23, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 19
Kevin Dobson, a junior from Saint Mary Catholic Church, Richmond, prepares the ground for post hole digging. His crew built an 18 foot wheelchair ramp.
Work Camp 2012 involves 170 youths, adults
his summer the Catholic Diocese of Richmond offered its second summer Work Camp for high school youth and drew 170 youth and adults from 10 parishes.
The Diocesan Work Camp, a weeklong camp experience, helps promote Christian service by asking high school youth to serve people without adequate resources to make their homes safer and warmer while also having the opportunity to grow in the Catholic faith.
This year’s Work Camp in Stanardsville, north of Charlottesville, served 18 different residents in rural Greene County over the week of June 23-29. William Monroe Middle School served as home base where participants and adults slept, ate, and participated in evening programs.
During the day, youth and adults were split into work crews and sent into the community.
Steve Angrisano, a veteran musician, composer and youth minister, was this year’s host. He led the evening programs which included music, sharing about the day’s experiences, prayer and reflection.
Gregory Fick, serving as a contractor from Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, explains the next step of work to Becca Tenney, a senior from the Portsmouth-Chesapeake Cluster.
“Steve’s honest style of ministry is born from who he is — a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ,” said Angela Hamrick, associate director of Youth with the diocesan Office for Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults.
Each day began with Mass. Father Sean Prince, newly ordained and parochial vicar at St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg, was the priest in residence all week.
The work crews painted seven sites, put up new sheet rock at five sites, insulated four rooms, significantly cleaned three houses and yards, planted flowers at four sites and put in one pocket door.
The teams also built 11 wheelchair ramps totaling 150 feet of ramp, and built four paver walkways that totaled 90 feet.
This year’s Work Camp provided more than 5,400 hours of community service.
“Officials from Social Services said this would have taken 5 years to complete without our help,” Ms. Hamrick said.