Many working people are homeless simply because they can’t come up with a security deposit. Off the Streets is a spin-off of the Dorothy Day House that was established to get people with a source of income out of the shelters and into housing.
Western’s student nurses got a glimpse of what it’s like to be homeless at Danbury’s City Shelter on Thursday. The Community Health Nursing program exposes students to the full range of people they will encounter in healthcare. The program focuses on visiting nursing, which tackles the health of the community at large. Orientations include the City Shelter, rotations in schools, hospices, and the senior center.
Danbury’s City Shelter is more like a rehabilitation center than a place to rest one’s head. In comparison to other shelters in the area, which are solely focused on providing shelter for the night, the City Shelter offers a structured system of services to assist the process of recovering from homelessness.
Western students were encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get in the habit of volunteering at the Community Service Fair on April 6.
Over 100 students voiced their support for the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence during The Clothesline Project’s national awareness event. The Women’s Center and Western’s CaRT team organized the event, which lasted from March 8 until Tuesday.
Hard times call for a helping hand, which is why Western’s Newman Center opened a food pantry for students who have their student IDs on Thursdays from 3 – 5 p.m.
Spontaneous acts of love decked the halls of Western as the Student Philanthropy Committee raised a whopping $630 for scholarships last week.
Sunlight danced on the bright red trucks as a cordial young man, decked out in his Class A uniform, welcomed children and their families to the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department’s first open house since 1912.
Western’s turnout for the first annual “CT Publics Make a Difference Week” was bleak in comparison to the “Day of Service” but the payoffs were just as rewarding. 11 students committed themselves on Oct. 23 to four hours of service at two locations: ESCAPE to the Arts and Danbury Museum and Historical Society.
Signs of fall are beginning to sweep in as dozens of students and volunteers gathered to harvest herbs and garden-vegetables in Western’s own back yard on Oct. 14. This summer was the first year of harvest at the permaculture garden located behind the science building at WCSU’s midtown campus.