St. Giles Appalachia Service Project is a high school ministry program with the goal of empowering high school students to grow in faith and fellowship as they work together to serve families in Appalachia and bring the richness of their experience back to share with our parish community.
In the fall of 2021, when we decided to relaunch an ASP trip for the summer of 2022, there were many unknowns. After a 2-year hiatus for St Giles’ ASP trip, we were not certain how many teens and adults would volunteer to join in this impactful mission. Happily, we were able to send almost 90 teens and adults to once again fully staff 2 counties for ASP. The trip began July 23 and safely returned to Oak Park this past weekend – July 30-31.
The crews worked to repair homes while building hope and relationships in Harlan and Magoffin Counties in Kentucky. This week, that area of Kentucky experienced severe flooding and flash floods, and continues to face a dire situation.
In the best circumstances, this is a tough week, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually – though it is not surprising that many teens count the ASP trip as the best week of their year! It is also an awesome week, having new experiences, meeting some beautiful individuals, getting to know yourself more deeply. This year’s crew faced very difficult conditions, with torrential rain and flash flooding that impacted the work we set out to do.
Please help support ASP! – This year’s trip budget is facing a deficit due to the higher costs of rental vans, gas and food. We appreciate any support, if you’d rather donate directly to ASP at St. Giles click on this link:
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR OUR 2022 TRIP!
Registration is due with a $275 non-refundable registration fee for ALL participants.
For over 20 years, adults and teens from this community have been working together in fellowship and home repair to make homes in Central Appalachia warmer, safer, and drier!
In February, we will begin formation experiences that help to guide and prepare you for this new encounter. At these meetings, we get to know the members of our work crew, grow in our understanding of the spirit of service, and learn about the people of Appalachia and their needs and how we will meet them. In preparation for the trip, there will be four formation meetings, a skills day, and a commissioning mass.
Meeting Times: 6:30 pm
Location: McDonough Hall – 1101 Columbian Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
- Formation Meeting #1 – Sunday, February 27
- Formation Meeting #2 – Sunday, April 3
- Skills Day – Weekend morning-afternoon in April – TBA (Required for all new participants, recommended for all others)
- Formation Meeting #3 – Sunday, June 26
- Commissioning Mass – Sunday, July 17 at 5 pm
- Formation Meeting #4 – Sunday, July 17
2022 TRIP DETAILS
The trip will be held from Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, July 30, 2022. We depart on a Saturday at 8 am and return the following Saturday at about 7:30 pm.
Teen participants must be currently in high-school. Current 8th graders, who will be entering high school are not eligible to apply for St. Giles ASP.
Adult Leaders must be over the age of 25 and with a valid drivers license.
To reserve your spot, please complete the online application and submit your payment. Details are provided in application!
If you have been on ASP before and are interested in applying to be a teen leader, the application on the Google form below will be available by November 1st and need to be completed by December 1st.
For any questions, please contact our Parish Office at 708-383-3430.