College students spend spring break helping homeless

Alte­rnative to vacation a privilege to University of North Texas coeds

SAN ANTONIO - There are many ways to spend spring break if you’re a college student, but perhaps none more meaningful than spending it serving the homeless at Haven for Hope. 

That is the mission of one of 11 “Alternative Spring Break” groups who left the University of North Texas in Denton this week.

Fourteen co-eds in majors ranging from biology and criminal science to sociology and kinesiology are spending all week washing windows, folding laundry and picking up litter at the six-acre complex for the homeless that is operated by the city of San Antonio and SAMMinistries.

Sociology major Precious Femi-Ogunwymy says, “Although we are only here for a short time, we’ve already seen lives change and I don’t want the momentum to stop.” 

She said she plans to return to Denton and begin volunteering at a homeless shelter there and get involved in her community.

Fellow sociology major Alex Fitzgerald takes it a step further and is now planning a career in helping nonprofits. 

“It’s been encouraging for me that there is something I can do… there is some change I can do,” he says.

This particular volunteer group is called “Homeless, not Hopeless”. 

It was created by UNT’s Center for Leadership and Service to raise awareness of social issues and injustices. The students must apply for the trips and pay a small fee to participate, in this case 250 dollars to cover food, lodging and transportation.

Other groups are in places like New Orleans helping to rebuild Hurricane Katrina homes, or in Galveston Bay replanting vegetation to prevent erosion.

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