Students Help the City Count Its Homeless
New York-- On a bitterly cold night in January, members of the House of Bonhoeffer, a social House System for students at The King's College, participated in New York City’s annual Homeless Count that stretched across the five boroughs. From midnight to 4 a.m. the 10 students joined thousands of other volunteers who talked to homeless individuals on the streets, in subway tunnels and parks; with the goal to get an approximate head-count of the number of individuals who are without safe haven and encourage them to seek shelter.
“We did this project to start making a difference. We want this to be the first of a series of events that start opening up a dialogue with the city about the homeless problem,” stated, Jonathon Seidl, member of the House of Bonhoeffer. “It made the idea of helping people more than just a good intention that stays trapped in our minds.”
Their participation in counting the homeless was their City Engagement Project, a Competition which is a part of a larger dimension of student life, the House System. The House System is a distinctive element of life at the College. Houses, student-led communities within the larger college community, provide many opportunities to develop relationally, spiritually, intellectually and in leadership.
When asked about what he learned from participating in the homeless count, Seidl said, “I learned how to put my action where my mouth is. What better way to break the ice of helping people than to walk around the city until 3 a.m. on one of the coldest nights of the year? I am definitely prepared to do more now that I have gotten my feet wet.”
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