Northwest Portland Hostel

Centrally Located – in the Heart of Portland

Alternative Spring Break

Friday, March 25, 2011

This week, our dorms are filled with different groups who are doing an alternative spring break in our great city. There’s the University of Utah, Oregon State University, Merci Flights, and Linfield College from McMinville.

I talked to Dayna and Felicia from the Linfield College about their Alternative Spring Break Program ‘Portland Urban Homelessness Plunge’. 10 students, ranging in age from 19-21 are all volunteering their one week spring break to learn first-hand about the urban homeless crisis, how service providers meet the population’s daily needs, and Multnomah County’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. Every day they work with different non-profit organizations such as ‘Sisters of the Road Cafe, soup kitchens, warming shelters, and other transition projects in Portland.

Not only is volunteering a part of their program, they sit down, talk, and listen to the indviduals directlyimpacted. Both of them agree that you can’t go home and not think about the people you just met and their life stories. Homelessness can affect anyone.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us. It is nice to meet such impressive young people who are spending their vacation time to support people in need.

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow the links above, or would like to support the Linfield College ASB programs, follow this link
http://www.linfield.edu/serve/alternative-spring-break/gift.html

On the photo: Dayna, Felicia, and Kady

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