Annual Homeless Shelter a Unique Success
Virginia Wesleyan College's 8th Annual On-Campus Winter Homeless Shelter, January 12-18, 2014, was once again a transformative experience, not only for the shelter guests but for the VWC students, faculty and staff who volunteered for this unique event. Established in partnership with the Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless and the only homeless shelter hosted on a college campus in the U.S., the VWC shelter program was featured in the Hampton Roads section of the January 19 issue of the Virginian-Pilot. Many students who volunteer for the shelter are enrolled in a Winter Session course that addresses the sociological underpinnings of homelessness and encourages students to look beyond stereotypes about the homeless. The number of guests at this year’s shelter ranged from 35 to 50 per night. “This shelter is so much more than just helping people,” noted one volunteer. “It teaches you so much more. It is truly an honor to be able to volunteer for something so special. I will never forget the impact it has had on me."