Homeless Awareness Month Activities at Daemen College

November 11, 2013

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Bobby Mills
Special Assistant to the President
Daemen College
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Daemen College and United Way will carry out a Poverty Simulation Project at the College tomorrow as part of the Colleges continuing recognition of Homeless Awareness Month in the Region. This important event is part of three major Homeless Awareness events, led by Daemens Diversity Action Committee in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.

The continued plight of the homeless should not be overshadowed by reports of an improving economy in our Region, said Dr. Sharon Benz, Coordinator for the Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement at Daemen. The three events at Daemen this month reflect the Colleges sustained priority of students, faculty and staff to focus on ways to help this growing segment of our community.

The Daemen series on Homelessness Awareness began on November 7th with Kick Off Speaker, Ms. Karen Carmen, Director of the Matt Urban Hope Center. The upcoming Poverty Simulation project with the United Way, will take place on Thursday, November 14th, featuring students, employees, business representatives and others playing real life roles of the poor and indigent, to bring renewed attention on the circumstances facing these citizens in our communities.

The series will end on Thursday, November 21st with a panel discussion led by Reverend Eric Johns; Daemens Director of the Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services, Colonel Walter Gordon; and Dr. Diane Bessel, Undergraduate Program Director/Assistant Professor Social Work, who will talk about how homelessness and hunger affect veterans and others within Western New York.

The idea of a focused Daemen response to homelessness in Western New York, comes from my own personal experience and learning of hunger and homelessness among some of our own students, said Ms. Adriane Z. Williams, M.S., Senior Academic Advisor at Daemen. Thanks to the work of Sharon Benz, the Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, and the Diversity Action Committee, Daemen will be in the forefront of bringing this issue to the consciousness of the College and the community that we serve.

The November 14th Poverty Simulation- United Way event will be held at 6:00 P.M. in the Wick Campus Center, Alumni Lounge; with the November 21st Panel Discussion to take place at 6:30 P.M., also in the Alumni Lounge on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst, New York. The events are Open to the Public and Free of Charge. Participants are encouraged to bring a food donation or new socks to contribute to the Warm Feet Campaign to help feed and clothe the homeless.

For additional information on these events, please contact Dr. Sharon Benz at (716) 839-8524 or sbenz@daemen.edu.

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