JSU holds Sleep Out for the Homeless event

“Homelessness is equal opportunity,” said Dr. Nancy Francisco Stewart, an Associate Professor of Social Work at JSU and the speaker for the evening. “Race isn’t a factor. It’s not a stereotype about drugs; it’s not a stereotype about race. It’s not the old ugly guy. It could happen to any one of us.”

The Chanticleer

On Wednesday, January 28th, the Residence Hall Association in collaboration with Phi Beta Sigma fraternity hosted its fourth annual Sleep Out for the Homeless event in the TMB Auditorium. Sleep Out for the Homeless is an event designed to raise awareness for the homeless population in Northeast Alabama.

Donovan Wilson, a Junior majoring in business management, serves as the vice president of Phi Beta Sigma as well as the coordinator of this year’s Sleep out for the Homeless event.

“Words cannot express how serious this issue is,” Wilson said. “This year [Phi Beta Sigma] and the Residence Hall Association actually participated in the count. And we get some materials together; we donate, and then we have this event that serves to educate everyone on the importance of it.”

Katie Cline/Chanticleer - Members of Phi Beta Sigma participate in the Build-A-Shelter competition. Katie Cline/Chanticleer – Members of Phi Beta Sigma participate in the Build-A-Shelter competition.

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