A very long time ago, when I was an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, I had the opportunity to work with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG). My personal project was centered on hunger and homelessness. I worked on educating students about “living wage”, volunteered at shelters, tabled for hours, all to raise awareness about these topics. To this day, hunger and homelessness continue to be the focus of my volunteer activities.
When I came to Seattle, I started working with Hopelink, an organization that helps prevent families from becoming homeless. Hopelink offers continuing education to help adults learn job skills, a food bank, and financial assistance to keep families in their current homes (when a loss of a job or other hardship threatens their shelter). I have also spent time at the Seattle Union Gospel Mission, an organization dedicated to providing emergency care and recovery services to the homeless population in Seattle. I have learned about the difficulties faced by those who are affected by homelessness and what we can do to prevent it. I have also seen first hand the impact of a community working together to help those in need.
When I saw this video today, I had to share. The message is so powerful…We are all human beings.