Serve on Cleveland Real Break alongside FOCUS North America!

Serve on Cleveland Real Break alongside FOCUS North America!

OCF is calling all college students to join together with FOCUS North America from March 14-18th for Real Break Cleveland 2016!


This Real Break trip is a unique partnership that will bring to light all of the tremendous work being done at FOCUS Cleveland’s St. Herman House. A men’s homeless shelter in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, student participants will have the opportunity to bear witness to and participate in the day-to-day schedule – serving 3 hot meals a day to men, women, and children in the community, and providing groceries and clothing to those in need. In 2015, approximately 80,000 meals were served.

In addition to St. Herman House, trip participants will visit FOCUS Cleveland’s 75-acre cattle farm and learn more about its’ current function and up-in-coming transitions – there is a desire to move from raising cattle to raising sheep, and also a plan to have lavender fields, a berry picking ranch, and local honey from on-site beehives for the surrounding community to enjoy!

Importantly, the Real Break Cleveland participants will also learn about the many forms of poverty and begin the fight against it through guided discussions and presentations by the FOCUS staff. The goals of this trip are to love and serve a community, to develop a better understanding of poverty, and to enter into a few days of fellowship, education, worship, and service with other Orthodox college students from across the United States.


The city of Cleveland has the second highest rate of residents living below the poverty line at 36%. FOCUS Cleveland has a direct impact on the underserved in this community, transforming the lives of many who come through their doors. To learn more, please visit,



12 Reasons To Go On Real Break

12 Reasons To Go On Real Break

1. Spend your spring break in service to others and worship to Christ instead of on the couch watching Netflix and scrolling through Facebook!


2. Meet other Orthodox Christians from around the world!


3. Travel somewhere you’ve never been before one of our eight trips!


4. Try new food, hear a new language, see new sites!


5. Converse with His All-Holiness in Constantinople!


6. Help out around the Pro Vita Orphanage in Romania!


7. Make pilgrimage to Holy Sites, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Jordan River in Jerusalem!


8. Build a house with IOCC and Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans!


9. Participate in service projects at the St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska!


10. Put Christ’s love into action by serving others with FOCUS in Cleveland!


11. Minister to children at Hogar Rafael Ayau in Guatemala!


12. Venerate numerous icons and relics at the churches in Thessaloniki!



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