盒子里的城市 at Millikin provides eye-opening experiences
六年了, Millikin University's 盒子里的城市 event has not only kicked off National Hunger and 首页lessness Awareness Week, but has provided students with eye-opening experiences.
Millikin's Human Service Connection and the Macon County Continuum of Care hosted its 6th annual 盒子里的城市 event on 11月. 13. As part of the event, Millikin students spent the evening outside in cardboard boxes to simulate an accurate perspective on homelessness.
事件, held on Millikin's Miller Quad, was part of Millikin's #END Campaign to help bring hunger and homelessness awareness to the local community. 关于 50 people participated, each donating one nonperishable food item.
"Being our sixth year, I think we've gained momentum on campus with supporting the awareness of homelessness," said Mary Garrison, Millikin associate professor and licensed clinical social worker . "盒子里的城市 provides an understanding through simulation. My hope is that folks will open their minds to what homelessness looks like and how they might be able to help in their home communities."
On Saturday, 11月. 14, 盒子里的城市 participants walked to the Salvation Army's shelter 在迪凯特, Ill., to have breakfast. A few individuals from the shelter shared their experiences with the Millikin students.
Steven Greathouse, a senior human services major from Seymour, Ind., has been involved with 盒子里的城市 each year during his time at Millikin.
"It's completely changed the way I think and the way I interact with people," said Greathouse. "I didn't have much knowledge on the homeless population until I attended 盒子里的城市 during my freshman year. I knew and discovered the passion that I had for helping people after that first experience. I keep reminding myself that this is something people go through every day."
In addition to 盒子里的城市, Millikin's Human Service Connection, Office of 包容 and Student Engagement (ISE) and the Macon County Continuum of Care will be hosting a screening of the documentary "The 首页stretch" on Thursday, 11月. 19, at the Avon Theater, located at 426 N. 水圣. 在迪凯特. The screening will start at 7 p.m. "The 首页stretch" follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, 研究生, and build a future.
"As citizens we have a responsibility to know about these issues," said Garrison. "Over the last six years, I think 盒子里的城市 has caught on and I think it's a wonderful way to engage in Performance Learning. Whether you're a human services major or a biology student, it's a way for folks to connect."
National Hunger and 首页lessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. It is a time to share compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. For more information, visit nationalhomeless.org/about-us/projects/awareness-week.