Community Service

Service programming at Aquinas House seeks to embolden students to put their faith into action. With guidance from the principles of Catholic Social Thought, students are encouraged to foster the common good of their community by upholding the dignity of all people.

 

“When interdependence becomes recognized…the correlative response as a moral and social attitude, as a ‘virtue,’ is solidarity. This then is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.” – Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 38

 

Orford House

Orford House is a community located in Lyme, NH that provides around the clock care for people with severe developmental disabilities. AQ students spend quality time with the residents of Orford House, including reading or singing to them, as well as playing music.

 

David’s House

David’s House functions as a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families of children who are receiving medical care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). AQ students and staff volunteer to prepare meals for the families staying at David’s House.

 

COVER Home Repair

COVER Home Repair of White River Junction, VT resembles Habitat for Humanity. A group of students and staff work on a housing project in the Upper Valley region. COVER provides lunch and AQ provides transportation. No experience with home repair is required.

 

Meals for Moms

Meals for Moms is a new addition to AQ service opportunities. AQ coordinates with the Pregnancy Care Center to provide a meal for a mom who has recently had a child. This provides a break for new moms as they adjust to parenting.

 

Upper Valley Haven

Upper Valley Haven is a non-profit organization in White River Junction, VT that provides temporary housing and other services for people who are homeless. There is housing for both individuals and families. AQ students and staff both cook and share a meal with the guests at UVH.

 

Upper Valley Terrace

Upper Valley Terrace is a community for senior citizens located in Norwich, VT. It provides housing for both people who are independent and people experiencing some form of memory loss. Students spend quality time with the residents during their visits.