Some members of the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church of rural Meriden got a taste of urban life in Omaha last weekend , starting on Friday, Aug. 1.
The trip will be a view of the darker side of urban living including poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and even juvenile detention.
"This will be a good experience," said Pastor Clint Hogrefe, who along with his wife, Greta, accompanied 10 young people participating in the Urban Plunge program.
Hogrefe explained that these are young adults, beyond high school age. They participated in nine ministries, doing volunteer work at each of them.
Hogrefe said he has not participated in this particular program, but has done similar work in Des Moines. Some of the young people have participated in this or a similar program, while for others it will be an entirely new experience.
"They are all excited about the trip," Hogrefe said.
The participants all pay a fee, which pays for a guide, meals ,and a place to use their sleeping bags.
This might not be a weekend that all young people would find exciting, but for some it is a worthwhile experience.