House of Bonhoeffer participates in homeless count
New York—On the night of January 28, over 20 King’s students bundled up, and headed out to take part in the city’s annual homeless count. By the time it was all said and done at 4 a.m. the next morning, students were exhausted, yet satisfied that they could help the city in this vital effort to help those in need.
Every year, the Department of Homeless Services conducts a city wide count of the homeless called H.O.P.E (Homeless Outreach Population Estimate). From midnight to 4 a.m., thousands of volunteers walk the streets, subway tunnels, and parks counting individuals who are homeless. The count is important because it determines funding, staffing, and shelter space for the upcoming year. This year, students from The King’s College spent most of their time in the Bronx.
The college’s involvement in the count was organized by the House of Bonhoeffer. Matt Fillingame, president of Bonhoeffer, said, “The homeless count was important in developing contacts for continued involvement in homeless outreach and for understanding the mindset of the homeless in New York City.”
The House of Bonhoeffer also put on an Empire State Building clothing drive during the fall semester, and is considering a forum regarding homelessness later this spring.
The King’s College is a Christian liberal arts college located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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