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Clarke Hall
Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk , VA 23502
Phone: 757.455.3359
Fax: 757.233.8743

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M - Th
8:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
F
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Student Research Projects

An On-Campus Homeless Shelter: Applied Sociology and Community-Service in Action

Student Felecia Kiser
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Sociology
Course SOC 480: Social Research Project

Abstract

This project investigated the experiences and outcomes of a weeklong winter homeless shelter hosted on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College, a small liberal arts college located in Norfolk, Virginia. This unique applied project tied together academics, applied sociology, and service learning to provide shelter and the evening meal for an average of 60 homeless individuals each evening during the week of January 7-14, 2007. Over 90 members of the campus community (students, staff, and faculty) volunteered in the shelter project. A reflection book and open-ended survey questions provided an opportunity to gather volunteer feedback and pre- and post-assessments using the Attitudes Toward Homelessness Inventory (ATHI) were administered to assess any impacts of participation on volunteer attitudes toward the homeless.

Grants

VWC Undergraduate Research Travel Grant

Conferences

Accepted for Presentation at the American Sociological Association (ASA) meeting in New York City in August 2007

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