The ROC SALT Mission Program hosts teams of youth, adult and intergenerational participants who wish to experience mission in Rochester NY, combined with times for theological reflection, experiential learning, worship and fellowship.
Programs generally run from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon, but the Mission Center also offers half-week and one-day programs for those with less time to devote. Our partner organizations address issues associated with hunger, poverty, healthcare access, refugee and immigrant issues, homelessness, mental illness and child welfare. We plan our work in coordination with our partners depending on their needs at any given time. Each week contains different experiences that also take into account the ages and abilities of our teams.
A typical day begins with breakfast and morning meditation, before our teams pack a lunch and head out to their work sites for the day. Groups may disperse in small teams of five or six or go all together to one site, depending on the work for the day. Participants return to ROC SALT in the late afternoon to rest before dinner. Two or three times a week, we offer additional experiential learning or other programming to deepen the service experience, provide new understandings about the structural systems that perpetuate poverty, homelessness, hunger and other issues, and provide new ways to reflect on where God calls each of us to work in our own particular corners of the world.