FORT WAYNE, Ind.—To educate its campus community about issues related to hunger and homelessness locally, national and globally, the Office of Student Life and Center for Franciscan Life at the University of Saint Francis will co-sponsor a month of events in recognition of Hunger and Homelessness Month.
On Friday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Experience will take registered staff and students to the mission for dinner, a tour and conversation from 8:30-10:30 p.m. with clients who receive services. Sociology students will share stories from the book “Facing Homelessness,” which was created through partnerships with local nonprofits and universities last year as part of “The Facing Project.” Games, bonfires, food and surprises will be involved. At 10:30 p.m. in the North Campus south foyer, the film “Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story” will be screened. From midnight–8 a.m., the Sleep in your Car fundraiser for Catholic Charities will allow students to sleep in their cars on the North Campus lot. Students will seek sponsors for the fundraiser.
On Thursday, Nov. 7 from 12:30–1:30 p.m., “Serving the Hungry and Homeless in Fort Wayne,”a panel with brown bag lunch, will offer discussion with four local nonprofit organizations providing services to the hungry and homeless. It will meet in the Pope John Paul II Center second-floor collaboratory.
On Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the North Campus auditorium, guest speaker Mike Yankoski, author of “Under the Overpass,” will describe his journey with companion, Sam, as a homeless man in today’s world.
On Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18-19, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., a campus-wide Bread for the World letter writing campaign will take place at gathering places on campus. Bread for the World provides a collective Christian voice urging the nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
For information or to sign up for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month events, contact Center for Service Engagement Director Katrina Boedeker at (260) 399-7700, ext. 6791 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:kboedeker .
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. The university’s College of Adult Learning designs focused curriculum for working adults by offering online and accelerated programs, through its Virtual, Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.