About HELPing Homeless Students
One of my favorite quotes to live by comes from a man who took his wealth and turned it into a fortune for the less fortunate.
He developed what is now known as "Habitat for Humanity."
Millard Fulmer stated "…it's not your blue blood, your pedigree or college degree, it is what you do with your life that counts."
When approached about being part of the homeless students project, there was no second thought on my behalf.
I was surprised to learn there are nearly two thousand students in Duval county alone who are living in a homeless shelter or couch surfing, that is sleeping from one place to the other.
Many of these families are the result of the economic downturn and have had a difficult time finding jobs.
As you may imagine it is a challenge when you're 12 years old, 15 years old, or 17 years old and thinking about a future. The students I met are all in those age groups and they are full of dreams and vision; to me they were an inspiration.
They are quick to let you know:
- They are not looking for pity, they were looking for opportunity.
- They are not looking for sympathy, they were looking for understanding.
While they kept their living condition private from their peers during the school year, for several reasons, they were willing to share with me what their day to day experience involves. These students truly believe that if the community was made aware of home many children are homeless, then the community could rally around a solution to this problem.
My hope is that this project not only heightens awareness, but it moves a community to tackle the problem and opens doors for these nearly two thousand students.
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First Coast News worked to help the nearly 2,000 homeless students living in Duval County on Saturday.
On Saturday from 8-10 a.m. and from 6-6:30 p.m., First Coast News will hold a phone bank/telethon on NBC-12 to help raise funds for more than 1,600 students classified as homeless in Duval County Public schools.
Even before the story of a 10-year-old boy who lost his stolen bike to a pawn shop aired on First Coast News at 11 on Friday, you answered the call.
In June we introduced you to two Duval county students who were homeless.
I'm A Star Foundation, Inc. is hosting an event to raise awareness and resources for over 1,900 homeless students on Saturday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the Landing Courtyard.
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