Noyola participated in Regis College Service Immersion Program in the Dominican Republic

WESService immersion trips are a foundation of Regis’ mission, culture, and community. As a university that provides students the opportunity to serve the dear neighbor without distinction, Regis offers many service opportunities throughout the year, both locally and internationally.

Regis student, Dariana Noyola  of Lynn spent the 2023 spring break on a service immersion trip to the Dominican Republic. On this trip, students volunteered at Mustard Seed Community Hogar Immanuel, located near Puerto Plata. The nonprofit provides life-long residential care to children with disabilities, many of whom have been abandoned by their families. Hogar Immanuel houses 48 residents from ages two to 32. They are planning a second property in Satiago, DR to increase their capacity.

“Mustard Seed is an incredible organization that recognizes the inherent dignity of all people. Through this trip, Regis students who volunteered at Mustard Seed witnessed how to care and provide for those in the greatest need and more importantly, why. This deeply moving experience provided for the students a very real way to witness the manifestation of the Regis mission, to care for all without distinction,” said Courtney Mulligan, MPA, Director of Student Accessibility Services and a staff leader of the service trip.

Regis students contributed to Mustard Seed’s residential care program and helped provide play therapy for residents. They also cleared a field for a future vegetable garden, planted fruit trees, organized several storage closets of supplies, painted the exterior of two of residential homes, and provided daily support to care staff during physical therapy sessions and mealtimes.

Regis College is a coed university 12 miles west of Boston in Weston, Mass. sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph Boston. With over 3,600 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students enrolled on campus and in fully online graduate programs, Regis provides an academically rigorous education within the schools of nursing, arts and sciences, business and communication, and health sciences. The Young School of Nursing at Regis has consistently been recognized by the National League of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. In line with Regis’ mission of providing innovative, industry-focused learning opportunities, the university offers academic partnerships with hospitals and local employers, a clinical dental center in Waltham, Mass., and bachelor’s completion and accelerated nursing programs at its campus in Lawrence, Mass. The university’s 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams compete within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Inspired by the social justice values of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Regis engages with service initiatives within the local community and around the world.

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