North Street Mission provides an opportunity for youth and adults to learn about big-city poverty issues in a rural setting. Groups start off each day by serving with Trinity UCC’s Breakfast Program, which provides free, hot breakfast to anyone in the Wooster community, then venture out to serve alongside other community organizations. Educational segments can be arranged on a variety of issues based upon the interest of the group.
Volunteer groups will begin each day by working with Trinity UCC volunteers preparing and serving our Breakfast Program. Following breakfast, teams work with one of several community organizations including MOCA House, a local mental health drop-in center; People to People Ministries, a local food pantry; Salvation Army; Boys and Girls Club; Habitat for Humanity; Community Gardens; STEPS (Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention Services); Every Women’s House, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy and education center; Friendship Meals; and the Wilderness Center. Groups are welcome Monday through Saturday throughout the year.
Mission volunteers are housed on the third floor of our education building. Rooms are equipped with bunk beds. There are two restrooms, each with one shower, two toilets, and two sinks. There is also a gathering room with a sink, microwave, and refrigerator. Wireless Internet is available on site. Most meals are provided Monday–Friday (see cost notes).
North Street Mission suggests a donation of $200 per person per week. Includes lodging, Monday–Friday breakfast, daily packed lunch, and two evening meals.
Volunteers will need to bring their own bedding and toiletries.
Since Wooster is located just 60 miles south of Cleveland, groups can drive up to catch a baseball game, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, swing by Cedar Point, or enjoy the Metroparks (18 nature parks that offer hiking, kayaking, and beaches).
Volunteers must be 13 years of age or older, and youth groups should have an adult-to-youth ratio of 1:5.
If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Short-Term Mission
Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist
Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.