For Immediate Release
April 27, 2015
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Brockport Students Create a Tent City to Raise Awareness of Homelessness April 28-29
Students will leave the warmth of home, sleep in tents to shine a light on homelessness in and around Rochester
BROCKPORT, NY—Students at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, feel that something needs to be done about homelessness in and around the City of Rochester. So they’re taking it to the streets, where they will…sleep.
Marissa Rennie-Christensen and Meghan Hungerford, both seniors in Brockport’s social work program, are organizing a Tent City that is designed to raise awareness about the problem. Rennie-Christensen, Hungerford and other students will endure the elements and sleep outside in the mall outside of the Seymour College Union April 28-29 as a way of gaining a better understanding of what the homeless must endure.
“The City of Rochester has the highest rate of extreme poverty among other comparable cities. Rochester also ranks number one among comparable cities for childhood poverty,” Rennie-Christensen said. “This event is aimed at uncovering the hidden problem of homelessness. We want to bring to light the severity of homelessness that is right in our background.”
In addition to sleeping in tents, the students are working to raise money for The House of Mercy, as well as collecting clothing and non-perishable food items for the Brockport food and clothing shelves.
“We are hoping to assist those individuals and agencies who work everyday to better the lives of homeless individuals,” Rennie-Christensen said.
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