St. Mary’s Students Visit Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless
The sixth grade class at Saint Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., chose to do a community service project focusing on homelessness. Prior to a visit to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany, N.Y., they prepared questions relating to how they could help homeless people.
Teacher Donna Cuddihy and her students arrived with pillows and pillow cases for each guest staying at the emergency shelter. They also brought spices to be used for the over 40,000 meals the shelter provides yearly, and combination locks for guests to keep their personal items safe. The students also brought all the ingredients for lunch – tacos and homemade cookies – then prepared the meal, served it and enjoyed having lunch with the guests, who were funny, polite and very appreciative.
One guest, 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 thankful for what they have, and happy they were able to help people in need. They reflected on the privilege of being able to lay their head on a soft pillow at night, have shelter and food, joyful conversation and encouragement.
The students invite you to make a difference. To provide a meal or hold a donation drive to help the guests at Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, contact Adriana Battle at [email protected] or 518-434-8021 extension 108.