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Students spend night in ‘box city’ for homeless awareness

November 2, 2013

Shedding a light on the daily challenges the homeless population living in the city are faced with, a group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students traded in their dorm rooms and beds for a......

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Nov-02-13 5:19 AM

This is what passes for higher education today.

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Nov-02-13 7:43 AM

Walk a mile in they're shoes before you comment.

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Nov-02-13 9:21 AM

There is more to homelessness than not having a home. There are the chronic homeless and the temporary. For some it's a way of life and for some it's a passing through from one part of their life to another, such as losing a job and not having enough money to keep up their normal lifestyle. But when they return to the employed, they will have another chance.

Those that chose to live that way are in the majority and don't want the do-gooders messing with their lives. Some are mentally challenged and need help whether they want it or not but many are living their lives with the least amount of outside interference they can obtain.

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Nov-02-13 11:39 AM

Living in a "box city" for a night does NOTHING to assist the homeless. It's just a way for kids to feel good and IMAGINE they did something about "raising awareness". Or to paraphrase Bill Clinton, "Sleeping in a box city for a night never fed a hungry child".

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Nov-03-13 9:30 PM

I believe that what the students have done is excellent! As far as the comments of negativity regarding this event, it is people like you that have created and added to the problems of the world today. If the college students were out drinking and partying, you would have a problem with that also. The students have taken the time to collect articles, donations, and numerous of other things to help and make aware of the problem of homelessness in our community. They have spent numerous hours researching and collecting information on this issue throughout the entire semester instead of partying. They spent the night in cardboard boxes because they wanted to show how passionate this cause is to them and how much they wanted to help the cause. It is so easy to sit back and criticize and judge other people for trying to do something good in the community. It

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Nov-04-13 12:11 PM

These PCT students are future human service professionals. In that capacity, they will have to design service projects to benefit community members and/or service providers as a regular part of their careers. This class gives them real experience doing exactly this.

The students identified homelessness as a significant but hidden regional problem, so they partnered with Family Promise and designed a project to help subsidize their operating needs. The students learned how to orchestrate a complex job as a team. They experienced the challenges of coordinating and communicating effectively with their stakeholders. They experienced firsthand how to represent an organization and an issue professionally and ethically. They learned about how to arrange for permits, permissions, etc. required to run such an event.

Through their benefit event, the students raised awareness about homelessness, collected resources and funds to benefit Family Promise, and promoted the benefits Fa

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Nov-04-13 12:12 PM

Part 2:

...Through their benefit event, the students raised awareness about homelessness, collected resources and funds to benefit Family Promise, and promoted the benefits Family Promise provides for homeless people. They even connected two homeless people with shelter on the night of the “Box City” event.

This was no publicity stunt or “protest”- the large sum of money and sizable collection of clothes, toiletries they collected will go a long way to help Family Promise help homelessness in Lycoming County. The students will also graduate soon with some significant real world experience to add to their resume. Win-win all around. Great job to all involved.

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