Adopt a Student

The Adopt-A-Student program originated at St Luke in 2001 to connect college students (both undergraduate and graduate students) from Cornell University, Ithaca College, and SUNY Cortland with families in the congregation. It provides the students with a connection that is different than the “peer” connections they will have in college and offers a local “family” while they are in Ithaca.

Anyone can adopt a student; families with little ones, empty nesters, singles, younger or “life-experienced,” just moved to Ithaca, or long-time resident. Activities between St Luke family and student are flexible and mutually agreed upon. Activities might include a “check-in, home cooked meals, meals out, how are you doing” text, a short chat after church, a walk or a hike, or attending a concert or other school event.

There are no requirements other than being a caring presence for the adopted student. The program has been mutually beneficial for both students and St Luke for over 2 decades and continues to be a positive outreach program. Please contact the church office for more information.


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