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“We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other’s dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live” Pope John Paul II Sollicitudo rei socialis – ‘On Social Concern’ (1987)

The Foley Community Service Center coordinates the service work of over 400 Spring Hill College students through our partnerships with nearly 50 non-profits in the Mobile community. Foley Center students engage in service learning, internships, and other servant leadership opportunities in healthcare, special needs organizations, elderly care, youth and adult education, and many other programs working to meet the needs of the underserved and marginalized.

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Foley Center aims to (1) form students to become leaders of justice and service through direct and sustained service; (2) assist faculty to implement service learning in their courses; and (3) optimize Spring Hill College’s support of and engagement with the local community.

These goals are rooted in the Spring Hill College mission to form students to become responsible leaders in service to others. This mission is grounded in our Catholic tradition that teaches that justice and peace are not the responsibility of a few organizations, but the shared commitment of the global community to human dignity.

Person to person community service sustained over a semester or a year fosters transformative and reciprocal relationships between our students and the community. The Foley Center encourages students to build a sense of solidarity with the communities they serve and to instill a sense of agency that will embolden them to become leaders for change. The Foley Center is thus a key way that Spring Hill College fulfills its promise to form our students into leaders in learning, faith, justice, and service for life.

Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, April 16, 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-LESBOS-ORTHODOX-CAMP April 16, 2016.