Sierra Service Project’s (SSP) mission is:

“Building faith and strengthening communities through service to others.”

SSP is a Christian non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing homes in rural and urban communities. SSP invites middle school and high school youth and young adults to experience the profound power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own. During their domestic Summer Program each year, approximately 1,400 youth and 400 adult volunteers from 180 churches and over 40 paid summer staff live, worship and work together on six different site locations. Together, their work results in over 100 safer, drier and more comfortable homes and community centers.

Ladera Community Church has been supporting SSP through our donations and participation since 2013, and it has formed the backbone of our youth program.

SSP 2018: Days 7 & 8

We are currently on the road home from San Diego with some very full hearts! Friday was a busy day, beginning with breakfast and “opportunities to serve,” and then a full day of hard work! It was our last day on the work sites, so we were all very motivated...

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SSP 2018: Day 6

Another productive work day complete! After writing letters during spiritual awakening, we ate breakfast and headed to our work sites. Jenna and Joanna continued to paint and got an incredible lunch once again from our lovely homeowners!! It has been very warm during our work days, and we take many...

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SSP 2018: Day 5

Today we went to Mexico! After breakfast and our morning “opportunities to serve,” we loaded up vans and headed to the boarder. We took the freeway exit labeled “last USA exit” and proceeded to walk through customs. When we got into Mexico we loaded onto buses which drove us into...

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SSP 2018: Day 4

Our first full work day!! It was hot! After our favorite breakfast (yam bread!), we headed off to our work sites in an attempt to beat the heat. Our group spent the day scraping, priming and painting with frequent breaks to stay hydrated and energized. Many of the homeowners in...

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SSP 2018: Day 3

Our first work day is in the books! After breakfast, we had our safety presentations and learned (or for most of us, relearned) the circular saw, the chop saw and the drill. Then we headed off to our work sites, got our assignments, met our homeowners and got to work!...

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SSP 2018: Days 1 & 2

We made it to San Diego!! We hit the road Saturday morning and stopped in Pismo Beach for lunch (crepes!).   We explored the beach and then got right back on the road until taking a quick stop in Ventura for some thrift shopping. We made it to Mission Viejo...

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SSP 2017: Day 6

Thursday is always a pretty special day at SSP. We all worked a full day at our sites, getting ever closer to completing our projects. While most of us won’t finish our jobs this week (as these projects take several weeks to complete), we will all leave the next group...

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SSP 2017: Day 5

Wow… it was tough getting up this morning. It was a full day yesterday and I definitely could have used a bit more sleep this morning to recover.  Instead of going to our regular worksites yesterday, we joined together as one big group and drove to Collier State Park to...

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SSP 2017: Day 4

Yesterday was our second full day of work on our worksites, and we continue to be injury free! We all left for our worksites at 9am and returned at 4pm for showers and free time. You’ll have to get the specifics about everyone’s work from them as most of them...

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SSP 2017: Day 3

Good morning, friends and supporters! Yesterday (Day 3) was our first day on our worksites and it was an amazing day. We started off with a safety presentation where we go to practice using power tools. Each team then was driven out to their site by one of the staff...

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