A Couch Is Not a Home

By Kashyah Williams

Hunger and Homelessness awareness week is November 11 through 19. As a part of the movement, Hilbert students Vanessa Enciso, Kashyah Williams, Mackenzie Sawyer, Corey Boice, Christopher Knight, Sam Jansen, CJ Paoni, RaShelle Kostin, Danny Ostroski, and Tatyona Duke volunteered to be on “display” in West Herr. The students took turns throughout the day lying on a couch for 30 minutes each. The purpose of the display was to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness in the Buffalo region.

The display attracted the attention of many students and faculty, as well as informed them of some statistics of hunger and homelessness. According to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, there is an estimated 2,000 homeless people under the age of 25 “couch surfing” in Buffalo, New York. Couch surfing can be defined as a young person who finds temporary shelter in someone’s home and lacks a stable home due to economic hardship, physical and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence, or being kicked out for coming out as LGBT. Homeless youth are defined as youth ages 12 to 24 who are without family support. Approximately 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT. Hilbert’s role in the movement was sponsored by the Center of Career and Community Engagement, Franciscan Spirit Club, Hilbert Helpers, the Office of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry, and Spectrum Club.

As the holidays approach, find out how you can get involved to combat hunger and homelessness and lend your services by visiting the Hunger and Homelessness website: https://hhweek.org.

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