Washington

Washington

Yakama Christian Mission (White Swan)

 

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Contact:
 David Bell  
  9000 Campbell Road
  Toppenish, WA 98948
  E-mail:
dave@yakamamisision.org
  Phone: 509.969.2093
  Web site: 
www.yakamamission.org

Yakama Christian Mission seeks to enhance and educate in favor of the North American Landscape and her Indigenous People.

Project/Focus
:   Yakama Mission  offers spring break and summer work trip opportunities.  Work done by groups typically focus on direct needs of reservation low income families.  The breadth of work is from working at a local farm providing produce to reservation food banks to working at the local homeless shelter.  During our time together, we will learn about systemic injustice faced by Native Americans and people of color in the United States. 

Educational/Advocacy Components: Yakama Mission trips are a “learning and serving” model allowing for intentional time for participant self-reflection and group conversation.  Work done by each group addresses the  charity needs of the community.  The learning component addresses issues of justice which need support by off-reservation allies.  Each day, we strive to have local speakers who address justice issues:  Cultural Justice, Economic Justice, and Race.  Work and learning are done through modeling conversation which invites the hearing of all voices.  Our goal is  to provide information prior to your arrival that might be used for training and conversation.  Equally, we hope to provide experiences and conversations that will lead to ongoing conversations after the group leaves the reservation.

Time: All year long.

Group Size: All types and sizes of groups.

Minimum Age:  None

Accommodations: A Grange in White Swan has bunks for 12 people.  Larger groups (we have had groups up to 50 stay at the Grange) are welcome to sleep on the floor.  The Grange has a kitchen allowing groups to provide their food and to cook for themselves.  Groups larger than 40 members should contact staff at least 6 months before trip to allow preparation time. 

Cost:  Learning and Serving cost $295 per person per week.  The fee includes lodging and work supplies.  Groups provide their own food; however, seasonally, local food is available from local farms.  There are short-term opportunities, please call for pricing.

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  JustLiving Farm (Toppenish)

 

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Contact:
 David Bell  
  9000 Campbell Road
  Toppenish, WA 98948
  E-mail:
dave@justlivingfarm.org
  Phone: 509.969.2093
  Web site:
www.justlivingfarm.org 

 
JustLiving Farm
is a working grass-fed beef and alfalfa farm on the Yakama reservation.  We strive to help folks better understand their connection to the landscape through work and conversation.  A core aspect to this work is age appropriate theological conversations which question issues of justice as they pertain to the reservation, people, plants, animals, soil, water, and wind.

 Project/Focus:  JustLiving Farm work trips provide opportunities to help the local reservation community (over eighty percent poverty).  For instance, the farm donates two (2) acres to raising food for three local food banks and a homeless shelter—spring break groups help in developing the soil and planting, while summer groups help watering, weeding, harvesting, and delivering.  Work may also be in the local  community depending on need and season. Work is physical and in relationship with animals, soil, plants, and water.  The Farm works hard to meet the needs of folk of different abilities.   Striving to create a place and provide projects which are inclusive of all participants.

 Educational/Advocacy Components: Each day conversations explore intersectional aspects of justice between the rural reservation and the group’s home community.  Conversations  center on justice issues.  Typical justice issues include:  ecological (soil, water, plant, wind) gender/gender fluid equality, culture, race, and economic.    Conversations are theologically based and organized to help participants question existing assumptions.

 Time: All year long.

 Group Size: All types and sizes of groups.

 Minimum Age:  None

 Accommodations: The Farm has an outdoor kitchen, shower, and portable toilets.  Sleeping facilities are grass with trees and an open barn.  Participant are encouraged to bring tents and sleeping under the stars is always welcomed.  JustLiving Farm also work with a local church to have indoor space for those groups who need it.  The space is a Grange building located about 20 minutes from the farm.  It has a kitchen, two bathrooms and bunk/floor space to sleep up to 50 people. 

Cost:  Farm trips cost $295 per person per week.  Price includes a grass sleeping area and working supplies.  Groups provide their own food; however, local food is available from JustLiving and local farms.  There are short-term opportunities, please call for pricing.

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Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org