Native American Communities

Wellpinit, Washington: Spokane Indian Reservation

SSP is excited to return to work with the Spokane Tribe of Indians in Wellpinit for the third year in a row. We anticipate a high quantity of carpentry repairs. Summer temperatures are often in the low to mid 80’s. This site will host High School only groups during Weeks 1 – 4, and Combined groups Weeks 5 and 6.

Tsaile, Arizona: Navajo Nation

In the Navajo Nation, SSP volunteers stay in Diné College’s Hogan dorms. This is our sixth year in a row serving with this high desert community. Afternoon storms are frequent, but unpredictable here. We expect a mix of high-intensity home repair projects such as wheelchair ramps, porches, stairs, and roofs. This site will host High School only groups Weeks 1 – 3 and 5, Combined groups Week 4, and Intergenerational groups Week 6.

Urban Community

San Diego, California

This will be our fourth year serving in San Diego county. Work teams at this site have served with a variety of local nonprofits, as well as with individual homeowners. Volunteers will have the option to participate in a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico during Adventure Wednesday. This site will host High School only groups during Weeks 1 – 4, and Combined groups Weeks 5 and 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. We are hosted by the United Methodist Church and Smith River School. This is our sixth year in a row serving with this community. 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 Combined groups during Weeks 1 – 3, Middle School only groups Week 4, and High School only groups Weeks 5 and 6.

Chiloquin, Oregon

This will be our sixth summer working in Chiloquin continuously as a part of a long-time partnership with the United Methodist Church, where we are hosted. In recent years, groups completed major downtown revitalization projects and worked for individual homeowners. We expect a similar mix of carpentry and painting projects this year. This site will host Combined groups Weeks 1 and 2, Middle School only groups Week 3, and High School only groups Weeks 4 – 6.

Driving Times

Below are the approximate driving times from Google Maps for the 2018 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.