NOTE: Registered attendees will receive an email with more detailed information approximately 10 days prior to their program week. This information will be sent to the email address used to register and also posted on our JusticeworX Facebook page prior to each program week.
What is the typical schedule of a day Down the Shore?
Participants arrive at the host site Down the Shore check in on Sunday evening at 6:30pm of the program week. The first evening consists of a tour of the host facility, an introduction to the week’s events/program staff, icebreaker/community building activities and discussions, and concludes with prayer and reflection.
Participants will have daily opportunities to reflect on experiences, share with peers, and learn about ways in which they can live out the faith through service to others. Participants will also have many opportunities to engage in faith experiences during the course of the week. The JusticeworX experience comes to a close on Saturday after lunch and a closing activity/prayer service.
NOTE: Depending on programming content, each evening’s schedule may vary. Times are not concrete, just typical. Programming may include speakers, outings, tours, and other activities that would impact the schedule shown.
What does a week at JusticeworX Down the Shore cost?
JusticeworX Down the Shore is *$600 per participant (*based on 2019 program fee, may increase for 2020). This is an all-inclusive fee that covers food, lodging, transportation during the week, service site set up, 24-hour staff, program content and activities, materials, and much, much more.
Where do participants stay? What do sleeping/shower arrangements look like?
Participants will stay at a host site in the region of Brick, NJ. Sleeping areas are in large rooms with bunk beds or single beds. The participants and staff will be separated by gender to their respective rooms. Participants should bring a sleeping bag or bedding and pillow.
There are separate, private shower areas for males and females at the retreat space.
How do the meals work?
All food, for all meals, will be provided for the participants; small groups will take turns preparing dinner each night for the whole group. We review food allergy information/dietary restrictions on the registration forms for each week and provide reasonable accommodations to the best of our ability. Each participant is asked to bring a snack to share with the whole group.
What are the departure and arrival times? What does transportation involve?
Participants should arrive at the host site at 6:30pm on Sunday of the program week. The program ends on Saturday at 11:00am at which time participants can be picked up from the host site. We arrange all transportation to work sites and any off-site activities during the week.
Where will the participants be serving during JusticeworX Down the Shore?
While Down the Shore, participants will serve with Seeds of Service, an organization in Brick, NJ that offers a variety of social services including a food pantry, thrift store, home repair, etc. In the summer of 2018, our first time offering JusticeworX Down the Shore, the participants created a community garden at Seeds of Service that will continue to serve the community in Brick with fresh fruits and vegetables. Participants will likely serve in one or more of the social services areas offered by Seeds of Service at their main office location in Brick, NJ.
Safety is always our first priority when sending students to service. All service sites are managed by agencies with which we have developed a previous working relationship. Our second priority is that they serve populations in need. While many sites work with those who are economically poor, we also work with sites who serve those poor in spirit, loneliness, etc. and fulfill our call to serve through the Corporal Works of Mercy.
Check out our working list of service sites!
What do participants need to bring?
NOTE: It is very important that participants PACK LIGHTLY. It is strongly encouraged that participants only bring what is included on the packing list. Simple living is highly encouraged during the week, especially in terms of packing materials.
When packing, remember to choose clothing that you would want to wear in 90+ degree weather (sometimes humid). Please bring appropriate attire, no spaghetti strap tank tops or short shorts (shorts must be no shorter than 3″ above the knee; leggings are typically acceptable). Our dress code requirements often come from our service site partners.