Students Brave the Cold to Raise Awareness of L.I.'s Homelessness

PATCHOGUE, NY – SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 – Students, alumni, faculty and staff at St. Joseph’s College are braving the cold temperatures another year by staging an overnight sleep-out to help raise awareness of homelessness on Saturday, October 10, 2009 from 7:30 p.m. to 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 be donated to the organization, Habitat for Humanity, and will help fund the Club’s alternative spring break trip building houses.

“We hope to raise even more money this year than ever before,” said Habitat for Humanity Vice President, Jenessa Donovan. “It promises to be a great night with friends and a great night to reflect on how fortunate we are compared to others who need our help.”

According to the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless (NSCH), homelessness on Long Island is on the rise; thousands of homeless persons are living on Long Island, with two-thirds as members of families and half as children. The NSCH also reports that approximately three-quarters of Long Island’s homeless are hidden, because they are doubled and tripled up with relatives and friends, moving from one emergency situation to the next, and one-quarter live on the street in abandoned cars, vacant buildings or dangerous housing.

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 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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