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Brownwood, Texas
Brownwood, Texas

$375 per person


Grades 6-12, College, Intergenerational

Brownwood, Texas

Rural Poverty - Connect Trip


$375 per person

Grades 6-12, College, Intergenerational

Dates & Information

Dates are pending.  Let us know your preferred dates and we will get back to you with availability. This location is also available during the academic year for weekend or Spring Break trips. 

Cost is $70 per person per night or $375 for 6 nights. Email to discuss date options.

Your group will get to stay at the beautiful Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center in Central Texas.  You will spend your trip learning how you can partner with families experiencing poverty in rural areas.  In Brownwood, about 18.2% of families and 21.4% of the population live below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18, and 12.8% of those age 65 or over. 

Your group will partner with local non-profits and faith communities to learn more about the unique impacts of poverty on families in rural areas.  Through direct service, advocacy, and relationship building you will learn new ways to partner with families and work for change in your own community.

Groups will learn to put faith into action through service and justice in ways that are relational, sustainable and dignity-affirming. Groups will work with and learn from a variety of organizations and people with whom we partner year round. 

Each day includes:

  • A morning gathering with a biblical reflection and videos to learn more about the effects of poverty and about the partner organizations for the day
  • Hands-on activities with non-profits
  • Connect time and free time. Connect time is our justice based curriculum that will help your group connect what you are doing on your trip with how you will put your faith into action in new ways when you return home.

Summer programming begins on Sunday evening and concludes on Friday morning. You may stay an additional night to see the city for an additional $20 per person. (Check out is by 10 am on Saturday morning.)

Cost for a full week is $375 per participant and includes:

  • Breakfast and Lunch, Monday morning through Friday morning and dinner on Monday (The remaining dinners are on your own and you can use the kitchen or dine out in the community)
  • Lodging at Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center
  • A dedicated Site-Coordinator & trained young adult staff to facilitate your week.
  • Fully planned service and educational experiences.
  • Honorariums for speakers, costs for activities, entrance fees.
  • A t-shirt for each participant.
  • Online training for your adult leaders
  • An afternoon to spend at Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center using the lake and pool!

Note that your group is responsible for transportation during the week.

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