Feeling inspired.... / by Liz Pitofsky

During these challenging times, when homelessness in New York City has reached the highest level since the Great Depression, we are so inspired by two 3rd grade classes in Brownsville, NY. Although many in their community, including classmates, live in temporary shelters, the issue they are the most concerned about, and chose to help solve, is street homelessness.  They are still in the Research Phase of their project but are planning to advocate the City Council to fund a Peer-to-Peer Outreach program created by SLP partner, Care for the Homeless (CFH). The program is designed to "find the homeless where they are" by training formerly and currently homeless New Yorkers to educate adults living on the streets of NYC about free medical care and other critical services provided by CFH. The students are planning to organize a letter-writing campaign as well as a petition drive to persuade the City Council to support the outreach program. In the meantime, they are organizing a sock drive to help adults living on the street stay warm and healthy during the winter months.