New Tabor College students oriented to work and service

For the ninth straight year, Tabor College students and faculty have served the needs of others as part of the college’s new-student orientation.

More than 130 people loaded vans Saturday, Aug. 25, and traveled to various destinations. Five groups went to Wichita to work with Haven of Hope, World Impact Village, Union Rescue Mission, Mennonite Housing, and a site that was unnamed for security reasons.

Two other groups benefited Morning Star Ranch, rural Florence, and Main Street Ministries, Hillsboro.

Each advising group was led by both a faculty and peer advisor.

Project coordinator Ken Christie said the day went well and a lot of work was completed. Projects included yard work, painting, sorting clothes and various items, scraping and priming a house, other house construction, drainage work, playing with children and cleaning.

Debra Jackson, director of public relations and donor development at Haven of Hope, said she appreciated all of the work Tabor students perform.

“We know we can trust Tabor kids when they come in because they’re going to get to work, do what they’re supposed to do and not just stand around,” Jackson said. “They can get a lot done on a Saturday morning. That is a big help.”

At the same time, working side-by-side in small groups rewards not only those organizations receiving help, but the students and faculty themselves.

“We learn to work together as a group and learn what servanthood is all about,” said Don Krebs, director of retention at Tabor and faculty adviser. “It helps somebody in need.”

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