Posts Tagged With: Homelessness.

Being Homeless in Washington DC

It has been said that the more you put into something, the more you get out.  This could not be more true of the Immersion to Washington DC, that included 48 hours being homeless on the streets of our nation's Capital.  Students are part of a 25+ year tradition of participants who have completed the challenge through the National Coalition for the Homeless. First Year Brad Kakos said it best, “We got the feeling of how it feels to beg someone for a handout or to get the stares from people who can't comprehend why you're there or what you're doing. There are a lot of misconceptions about the homeless and I feel fortunate to be able to learn and see better what they deal with. It was an eye-opening experience."  It’s about service, solidarity and awareness. Taylor Cameron ‘14 and six others learn about homelessness by living it for two days.

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“We sleep out so kids don’t have to!”

 

	If you walked past the Wheeling Jesuit  University’s soccer field last Friday, you probably noticed it was filled with teams of people sleeping in boxes. The event was held during Hunger and Homeless week and what you witnessed was the second annual Wheeling SleepOut. The  teams had the option to participate in the ‘Box Contest’ for the most creative box design, or they could make a donation and participate in the festivities. Many of the teams even stayed outside all night to get a brief, one-night snapshot of what it would be like to be homeless. Members of the community and students alike participated and volunteered in the event with the goal to raise awareness to the homeless people of the Ohio Valley area and across the whole US.  Kudos to Youth Services System for planning such a great event and raising over $32,000 for a great cause!

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