SHERIDAN — Several Sheridan College students participated in the Hope for the Homeless event at the college Sept. 17-19. As part of the event, students volunteered to spend three days and two nights in cardboard “houses” on campus, only leaving their houses for classes.
The event, meant to raise awareness about homelessness, was sponsored by the Sheridan College Residence Hall Association.
“As student leaders, we want to help engage the students, faculty and staff in a real issue that plagues our nation,” said Nadia Amer, president of the RHA. “We plan on taking a step in that direction by bringing awareness of the heartbreak hitting our nation through homelessness.”
In addition to sleeping in cardboard houses, the participating students were only able to eat food donated to them by students, faculty and staff. They were also able to accept donations of cash or college meal plan dollars, all of which will be donated to the Sheridan Volunteers of America Homeless Shelter.
“This gives students an opportunity to see firsthand the struggles of being homeless, and gives them a way to be engaged in societal problems,” said Collin Wallace, coordinator of campus life.