In an effort to raise awareness about homelessness in the blue water area, members of St. Clair County Community College’s Phi Theta kappa chapter, Lambda Mu, created and occupied a cardboard village, Tuesday, Sept. 14 on the Sc4 campus.
Homeless is growing, and has been for some time. According to the National Coalition for Homeless, this year, approximately 3.5 million men, women, and children will be homeless at one time or another.
“I can put up with the inconvenience of this for an hour if it helps those who deal with it daily;” said Lambda Mu member and Erie Square Gazette Editor-in-chief Twana Pinskey.
Proceeds from both the village and the eventual food drives will go to local homeless shelters, and the blue water food depot. “Our goal is to make sure they never run out” said current PTK president Stacy Desimone.
The boxed display drew student attention, and their statistics on homelessness drew surprise. “It makes people stop,” said student Cecelia Gaglio, “it’s really surprising. The numbers are very high.”
“Did it surprise me? Sure;” said student Keith Ziegler, 54 of Fort Gratiot, “it is not visible.”
The event was proposed by the previous P.T.K. president last year, but never run. Now the event serves to inform students, and prelude food drives set to be held by both PTK and other organizations on campus.
Some students even had experience being homeless themselves.”You feel absolutely helpless, like everyone has given up on you; so you give up on yourself;” said student Carrie Sass, 20 of Kimball.
“It is fantastic that they are bringing awareness to the number of homeless we have in our county;” she added. Sass herself was homeless in winter of 2008
If you or someone you know is homeless please contact:
Wings Transitional Living Program
1114 Court Street, Port Huron, Michigan 48060
The Transitional Living Program provides shelter, skills training and support services to homeless youth ages 16-21.
511 Union Street, Port Huron, Michigan 48060
The Pathway Shelter provides emergency shelter for single men, single women and families. Must be at least 18 years old.