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John J. Powers
John Powers is the Director of Public Affairs at Yale University School of Nursing and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of
Communications at Quinnipiac University. In addition, he is the
Director of the Dominican Republic Mission Team, where he has led over
1,000 volunteers during the past 20 years to bring help and assistance to the very poor in the DR. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the
Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic, which was
built over a 15 year period by US volunteers, and now serves over
50,000 patients annually. For more info, visit or

Entries by John J. Powers

Gangnam Style for New Year's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 9:55 AM

I had the great honor of taking 20 undergraduate students from Quinnipiac University to La Romana, Dominican Republic over New Year's to help the very poor as part of their Global Studies education. During this trip, these students would leave the comfort zone of their everyday lives and venture into...

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"This is the Greatest Day of My Life"

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 12:56 PM

A scheduling snafu with the airlines caused the huge group of American volunteers (101 in total) to spend an extra day in the Dominican Republic at the end of June, turning a nine-day trip to serve the poor into a 10-day mission. What to do with a free Saturday at...

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A Great Reward From the Children of Batey 50

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 9:51 AM

The team of 103 volunteers from Connecticut that will be traveling to the Dominican Republic next week to serve the very poor is in for an unbelievable treat. Yes, each team member is leaving the comforts of home to help some of the poorest people in our hemisphere. All raised...

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Life in a Dominican Batey

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 7:28 PM

"Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me -- you did it to me.'" Matthew 25:40

Let me introduce you to Willie, a 10-year-old boy from Batey 50, the poorest...

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