Sunday, February 26, 2012


Hey friends, I'm Kiefer Anderson, third year, studying Psychology, Comm and Religion.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity to give back to the community of San Francisco.  I'm grateful to have been chosen and am excited for what we can accomplish in Cali.  I chose this trip for the Christian perspective because it is my duty as a believer to jump at opportunities to give back to those who may need a helping hand.  I wish to give back to organizations, such as food shelters, that have definitely helped me as I was growing up.  I know for me I need to think of food as a privilege and realize how blessed I am to know where my food source comes from on a daily occurrence.  I want to be there for those who may not have that same privilege.  I'm stoked for the trip, friends, and to grow with each and every one of you.  God bless!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Jessica Intro :)

Hello!! My name is Jessica Goodsell and I’m a first year student at Hamline. I’m majoring in Finance and Accounting (super exciting, I know :)), and I am so thankful that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to go on this trip!!  Family and friends are extremely important to me, and I love building relationships—which is why I’m really pumped to serve with new friends in San Francisco! I chose to go on a catalyst trip because service has always been an important part of my life, and I love the concept of service learning. I chose the food justice trip because I feel like hunger is a social injustice that is often overlooked and unnoticed, but is extremely relevant all over the world. I hope to serve the people of San Francisco, and I hope I can take what I learn from my experiences there and apply them in my city.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hello, I'm Kyrie!



Shalom team,

I am Anna Gresser and I am currently a third year majoring in Social Justice and Religion and minoring in Education and Anthropology. I love meeting people, laughing, spending time outdoors and intimate cuddling. I am really looking forward to this trip because I went on it last year with Lothy and Nancy and had an amazing time connecting with the people of San Fran, Hamline students (both Food Justice and LGBTQIA peeps) and comparing the issue of homelessness in San Fran and the Twin Cities. I can't wait to be with y'all!


Rachael's Intro =]

Hey everyone!

I'm Rachael Mills and I'm extremely excited to go on this trip with all of you guys! I am a freshman this year, and I am double majoring in biology/pre-med and psychology. I work at the c-store so you may have seen me around. I like to spend my free time playing piano, running, and hanging out with friends. I enjoy traveling a lot and I really like to meet new people. I can't wait to get to know everybody on the trip and all of the people we are going to meet together. Food justice is such an interesting topic to me because I believe that everyone has a right to have enough to eat and it pains me to think that so many people do not.

I was very excited when I heard about the catalyst trips because I think it is a great way to spend my spring break. I can't wait to give back to the community and grow as a person. It's crazy that it's only a few weeks away now! San Francisco here we come! =]

Lothy and Saraya:: May the Force Be With You

Monday, February 13, 2012

Kendra- Intro

Hey all!

I'm Kendra Boyle Hoban.  I'm a sophomore at Hamline and I am studying Communications Studies and English.  I love reading, writing, and watching movies.  But, most of all, I love to travel.  The Catalyst program offered by the Wesley Center is the perfect way to spend spring break.  I get to visit another part of the U.S. and participate in service learning.  So AWESOME!

I am extremely excited to go on this specific Catalyst Trip because I find the topic of food justice very interesting.  Food is a basic human right and I am very interested to see how various organizations in San Francisco feed their community members.  I am also looking forward to connecting with my fellow group members and the people we are serving with and serving.  And, of course, I am very excited to have the opportunity to visit San Francisco.  I have heard great things about the city and its people, and I can't wait to go!

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Hey, I'm Orin. I'm a senior here at Hamline studying Environmental Studies with a twinge of Anthropology and Spanish. This week I have been enjoying awkwardly making new friends (of older friends), actually applying my class reading to my life, performing poetry, and biking around in this unusually warm winter. I'm anticipatory about collaborating with two of my fiends (separately) on talked-about visual art projects in the near future.
Although it's my last semester here, I'm really excited to be spending spring break in San Francisco. I think a lot about the whats and hows of food in my life and about food justice in my immediate and extended neighborhoods. I plan on working on food justice issues here in the Twin Cities when I graduate, and I'll be looking for good ideas to bring back from the west coast.