PATCHOGUE, NY – OCTOBER 4, 2011 – Students, alumni, faculty and staff at St. Joseph’s College are braving the elements for yet another year by staging an overnight sleep-out to help raise awareness of homelessness. The event will take place on Friday, October 7 from 7 p.m. to Saturday at 7 a.m. on the College’s Quad located on its Long Island Campus in Patchogue.
A past tradition of the College, which first began in 1991, the Habitat for Humanity Club revived the event in 2006 by organizing student groups to team up and raise funds, as well as help increase awareness of homelessness and the poverty that exists around us. Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund the Club’s alternative spring break trip to an underprivileged area in an effort to improve their living conditions and daily responsibilities.
According to the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless (NSCH), homelessness is a persistent issue with thousands of homeless persons living on Long Island. The NSCH also reports that the numbers do not include those who were doubled or tripled up with family members, living in substandard conditions or facing eviction.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.