St. Mary’s Academy Hoosick Falls Students visit Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless
St. Mary’s Academy of Hoosick Falls’ 6th grade class chose to do a community service project focusing on homelessness. Prior to a visit to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany, NY the class prepared questions relating to the issue. Questions included what are the causes of homelessness, how can we help homeless people, where do homeless people sleep and where can they get help.
Donna Cuddihy and her 6th grade students arrived with pillows and pillow cases for each of the guest staying at the emergency shelter. They also brought spices to be used for over 40,000 meals that are provided at throughout the year and combination locks for guests to keep their personal items safe.
On the menu were tacos and homemade cookies. The students brought all the ingredients, prepared the meal, served and enjoyed having lunch with the guests. The shelter guests that the students enjoyed lunch with were funny, polite and very appreciative. It was enlightening to the students that the shelter was not just a big room where people slept, but that it was a place for homeless people to go and get help and support in order to make a better life.
One of the emergency shelter guests who was about to move into an apartment shared her story with the students and talked about the challenges she faced and what led her to homelessness. The conversation left the students feeling thankful for what they have and at the same time happy to be able to help and make a difference for people who are in need.
The remaining time was spent touring the shelter and daytime Drop-In Center. Both St. Mary’s Academy students from Hoosick Falls and guests at Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless enjoyed a rewarding day. They all reflected on the privilege of being able to lay their head on a soft pillow and having shelter and food. Without the basic necessities how can an individual or family take care of their every day challenges. On this day, St. Mary’s Academy students provided much more than the basic necessities. They also provided joyful conversation and encouragement to those that are experiencing homelessness.
St. Mary’s Academy students invite you to make a difference. Provide a meal or hold a donation drive that can help with much needed items for the guests at Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless.
Contact Adriana Battle for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-8021 ext 108.