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Messiah College owns and sponsors eight different special interest houses in the neighborhoods surrounding its Grantham campus. Students living in these accommodations are selected based on their good conduct and academic standing, as well as their commitment to specific areas of service, as described below:

Banks House/Social Justice "SoJo"
Number of students: 6
Theme: To focus on thinking globally and acting locally.
Service commitment: Work with several local organizations that deal with global issues such as hunger and international justice.

Bertram House/Living Intentionally Nurturing Cultures "LINC"
Number of students: 6
Theme: To be effective agents for interracial, interethnic, and intercultural healing and the dismantling of racism within the church and society, specifically in the context of Messiah College.
Service commitment: Hosting programs with themes related to multiculturalism and female self-image, self-respect, self-esteem, sexuality, and relationships within the context of race, culture, and Biblical understanding.

Woodland/Reconciliation House
Number of students: 7
Theme: To pursue reconciliation in all areas of life.
Service commitment: Hosting a weekly program called "Slow Food" and "Let Me Explain," both of which allow individuals and groups to explain their point of view in hopes of being understood and improving relationships.

Foreman House/Restoration House
Number of students: 6
Theme: To live in a mutual relationship with the environment, raise awareness of global injustices, and restore the image of Messiah students living off campus.
Service commitment: Offer a weekly meal to students, staff, and neighbors; limit the amount of energy and waste; and donate food to a local shelter.

Melhorn House/Restoration House
Number of students: 5
Theme: To live in a mutual relationship with the environment, raise awareness of global injustices, and restore the image of Messiah students living off campus.
Service commitment: Offer a weekly meal to students, staff, and neighbors; limit the amount of energy and waste; and donate food to a local shelter.

Simpson House/L.E.G.A.C.Y. (Leading, Educating, Growing, and Advocating Community with Youth)
Number of students: 5
Theme: To focus on building a community of educators based on the research of Ernest Boyer.
Service commitment: Work with the Early Learning Center and churches in the community; volunteer at local organizations, such as tutoring programs, meal outreach, and clothing drives.

 

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