Work Camp FAQs

What will we be doing?
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In a summer mission week with the Joe Rush Center, you will do many things, but none more important than modeling and being open to Christian relationship. We experience Christ in relationship; this week you will have the opportunity to experience Christ through a homeowner whose home you will be painting, through others in your group, through your leaders, and through staff. And these folks will have opportunity to experience Christ in you!

Our groups paint the exteriors of homes for low-income homeowners, most of whom are elderly or disabled. You will have the opportunity to offer dignity and compassion to someone just by picking up a paintbrush.

What is the daily routine?

After breakfast, work groups typically get going by 8:30 and arrive at a home before 9 a.m. The work is not strenuous. There may be some scraping, some ladder work (with a ladder buddy!), and painting with brushes or rollers. We break for lunch at noon. Some time between 3 pm and 3:30 pm (or perhaps later), the group will reach a good stopping place and begin cleaning up.

What do we eat?

Volunteers share the responsibility of preparing (and cleaning up) their own meals from food provided by the Joe Rush Center. Sandwich lunches may be prepared in the morning or at the lunch site and are typically eaten at the work site. Dinner options typically include lasagna, hamburgers, taco salad, chicken fingers, and chicken pot pie. Coolers with Gatorade are available to be taken to the work sites.

Anything else we can do?

Fun and informative evening programs are available to discuss the scope of poverty and Christian responses.

Some groups opt to help one morning or afternoon in some other service capacity, such as harvesting in WE Community Gardens, serving food in the Community Kitchen, or working in other local homeless ministries (those options are subject to availability). The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a highly regarded attraction; visiting it is also another good option (at extra cost).

Groups typically take Wednesday evening off and may schedule their own activities (which may involve extra cost), like viewing a Birmingham Barons baseball game (in a beautiful new stadium in downtown Birmingham!), visiting Splash Adventure Waterpark, bowling, and more.

Where do we stay?

Groups stay at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church in Midfield (1126 Wilkes Road). The Education Building has been converted into living space that can sleep 80 people in 40 bunk beds. Groups eat in the Fellowship Hall which also has meeting space. Two interns from the Joe Rush Center also stay on-site.


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If you have any further questions, please call (205-781-0517, x101) or email Danny Jones, Director of the Joe Rush Center.