Native American Communities

Spokane, Washington: Spokane Indian Reservation

SSP’s second year serving in the state of Washington, we have been invited to work with the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, just outside of the city of Spokane. Home to about 2,700 tribal members, this area offers summertime temperatures in the low to mid 80’s. We expect a mix of carpentry and minor home repair work. This site will host High School only groups Weeks 1, 2, 5 and 6 and Combined groups Weeks 3 and 4.

Tsaile, Arizona: Navajo Nation

This will be SSP’s fifth summer serving with the Tsaile Wheatfields and Lukachukai Chapters of the Navajo Nation. In Tsaile, we stay at Dine College in their Hogan dorms. The high desert landscape is remarkable, but expect afternoon thunderstorms. Thanks to a major grant from the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, expect complex mix of home repair projects such as wheelchair ramps, porches, stairs and roofing projects. This site will host High School only groups Weeks 1-5 and Combined groups Week 6.

Urban Community

San Diego, California

This will be our third year serving in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. We plan to return to work with the San Diego Canyonlands on environmental preservation, as well as offer a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico during Adventure Wednesday. This site will host Combined groups Weeks 1 and 2, Middle School only groups during Week 3, and High School only groups during Weeks 4-6.

Rural Communities

Smith River, California

The redwoods and coastal community in Smith River are beautiful, but the summer weather can be cool to cold. For the fifth summer we will be hosted by the United Methodist Church and Smith River School. We work throughout Del Norte County in Smith River and Crescent City with a variety of local nonprofits as well as homeowners. This site will host High School only groups Weeks 1-4 and Combined groups Weeks 5 and 6.

Chiloquin, Oregon

This will be our fifth summer working in Chiloquin continuously as a part of a long-time partnership with the United Methodist Church in Chiloquin where we are hosted. We expect a mix of roofing, carpentry and painting projects for 2017. This site will host High School only groups Weeks 1-3, Middle School only groups during Week 4, and Combined groups during Week 5-6.

Driving Times

Below are the approximate driving times from Google Maps for the 2016 Summer Locations.

  • Plan to arrive at site between 2PM and 4PM on Sunday afternoon; it is imperative that you arrive within this window.
  • Allow more time for your travels to include stops along the way.
  • There are many friendly churches along your routes that could host your group overnight.
  • The Navajo Nation is on Mountain Time. Travelers from Arizona and the West Coast must allow one additional hour of travel time.

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