Memphis, TN

Dates: March 23rd - 31st

Cost: $550

Group Size: 2 leaders, 8 participants

Host Community:

Memphis is often known for Elvis, barbecue, and sadly–crime and a poor education system. Serve901 acknowledges that there are obstacles and plenty of room for growth: 'We see these “obstacles” as opportunities.'

Serve901 operates to partner alongside individuals, churches, and organizations that are working together towards a greater Memphis.  They believe that Memphis changes people, leading them to care about the world around them. Their vision is that through Serve901, Memphis is blessed and more interconnected; trip goers love Memphis and they are catalyzed to live towards a greater good.

Justice Issues:

History: A 75 minute story of Memphis is often scheduled on your first or second day of your trip. The story weaves VISION's purpose for the week into the 200-year story of Memphis. You will learn about the city you are serving and hopefully feel more connected to those you serve.

Race: A locally led racial reconciliation discussion about the love and hate between men, a conversation that we want Memphis to take lead in sharing with our nation, is planned for each group. Our group will also visit the National Civil Rights Museum.

Education: The national spotlight is on Memphis' education reform.  There is a very demanding pressure to perform on many schools that have been taken over by the state. Our goal is to walk alongside these educators and be their biggest cheerleaders.  Serve901 groups have organized libraries, thrown pizza parties for classroom achievement, brought teachers breakfast, and even landscaped around a school campus!

Poverty and Homelessness: Help serve meals at the local men’s homeless shelter or cook a meal at a local church that regularly has a meal for their neighbors.

Cultural Opportunities:

On one of our days in Memphis we will visit the National Civil Rights Museum which is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a very relevant and important part of our culture here in the US. We will participate in many educational discussions throughout the week to open conversations about a wide variety of cultural and justice issues. The Serve901 program also includes opportunities to have fun with the culture of Memphis with various restaurants, sporting events, concerts, museums, and landmarks.

Food, Lodging, Travel:

We will be traveling by a big ol’ 13 passenger van all the way to Tennessee