Site Descriptions

San Francisco, California

San Francisco focuses on sustainability and environmental justice issues. Participants work with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Slide Ranch, and other organizations to do habitat restoration, build trails, and garden.

Portland, Oregon

Students work in Portland, Oregon serving food to the homeless.

Mission: Possible Portland works with non-profit organizations as they address the basic needs of people experiencing homelessness in the city. A few work sites include the Saint Andre Bessette Catholic Church and the Blanchet House of Hospitality.

Boise, Idaho

Mission: Possible Boise focuses on working with women and refugees. Students spend their days with Full Circle Exchange, a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to empowering women and whole communities to rise above poverty through training, education, design partnerships, and sustainable economic opportunities.

Tacoma, Washington

Mission: Possible Tacoma focuses on homeless outreach and celebrating people of all abilities. Students serve the Hill-Top neighborhood of Tacoma by partnering with the Guadalupe House (also known as Tacoma Catholic Worker). At TCW students do special projects focused on homeless outreach and help out on the property that has so graciously welcomed Gonzaga students over the years. They also work at L’arche Tahoma Hope, a community of adults with and without developmental disabilities.

St. Louis, Missouri

Mission: Possible St. Louis focuses on hunger and homelessness. Students work with a variety of organizations that provide services in high poverty areas, such as Campus Kitchens, North Grand Neighborhood Services, and Gateway 180. North Grand Neighborhood Services promotes the dignity of low-income persons and the community in which they share by developing affordable housing, employment and training opportunities for youth, and other community initiatives.

Knoxville, Tennessee

Mission: Possible Knoxville focuses on affordable and accessible housing. Students work with Operation Backyard, an organization that provides free home repair services for those with limited-income, those who are elderly, and those who are disabled. Students work on projects such as fixing roofs, building ramps, and cleaning up yards while getting to know the homeowners.

Denver, Colorado

Mission: Possible Denver focuses on immigration and refugee resettlement. Students work in the urban center of Denver with the African Community Center, an organization that helps resettle refugees from all over the world. The ACC has many programs including case management, We Made This (a sewing initiative for refugee women), and Job Club. Students on the Denver trip also work with Growing Colorado Kids, Casa de Paz, and La Escuela de Guadalupe.

Montgomery, Alabama

The focus of Mission: Possible Montgomery is on the Civil Rights Movement and racial justice. Students will volunteer with Resurrection Catholic Missions in their elementary school and community outreach programs. Students will also learn about and discuss civil rights and racial justice by visiting the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Equal Justice Initiative, and significant historical sites around Montgomery.

New York, New York

Mission: Possible New York focuses on the impact of incarceration on women, family, and children. Students work with the organization Hour Children, which helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect.

Neah Bay, Washington

Mission: Possible Neah Bay is a cultural immersion on the Makah Reservation. The reservation is located in the North-West corner of Washington, situated on the coast and nearby Lake Ozette where the Makah Tribe has lived since pre-colonial times. Students will work in elementary schools and serve the residents of the Makah Tribe and their community.