Many students live in cardboard boxes to help shelter them from the outside.
Nov. 13 through 17 is the perfect week for students to come out their boxes to see life through the eyes of a homeless person. The Center for Multicultural Education is getting involved with National Homeless Awareness Week with a week full of fun and educational events to help students know more about homeless people.
â€œThis is our second year, and we plan on making it bigger and better each time,â€ said sophomore CME intern Ivory Duncan.
Tay Triggs, Multicultural Education director, said that last yearâ€™s focus was more on hunger, but this yearâ€™s is on homeless people being targets. She says there are more homeless people being killed because people think that no one will care.
â€œTo a lot of people [the homeless] are invisible,â€ Triggs said.
Monday starts the week off with a food drive throughout the day, and then ends with Major Carol, guest speaker. She will be providing information about the seriousness of homeless people in St. Joseph and how we can be aware.
â€œYou would be surprised with the number of homeless people in St. Joseph,â€ said freshman Phallin Ward.
Tuesday is skip-a-meal day, where students are asked to sign a pledge card stating that they will not eat breakfast, lunch or dinner that day.
Wednesday, there will be a Hunger in America program. This program will show the many stereotypes there are and how every homeless person does not fit that stereotype.
Thursday a movie, â€œA Glimpse into Homelessness,â€ will be showing the effects of being homeless.
Friday â€œA Night without a Homeâ€ provides students with a firsthand experience of what it is like to be homeless while they collect canned goods. Students can stay out by Hy-Vee to help them get the feel of being homeless.
â€œOur goal is no cell phones or radios,â€ said Duncan. â€œYou donâ€™t see a homeless person walking around talking on their cell phone.â€
Ward is very excited about the awareness week because she said that people need to be aware that there are homeless people, and students can make the difference.
â€œI really want to get involved because I have been there â€“ poor and homeless,â€ said Ward. â€œNow it is my turn to turn around and help those people who are in the same place I onceÂ was.â€
Duncan said that it is more than being homeless; it is being poor. People can have a home but not be able to afford to pay for the necessities of a home. The program is getting the students to realize that.
â€œIt is getting students to come out of their box,â€ Duncan said.