Renaissance Secondary Students Help Homeless

Renaissance Secondary Students Help Local Homeless
Posted on 11/30/2018
Renaissance Secondary Students help local homelessPhotos and story courtesy of Donna Guerin, Renaissance Secondary School

Students Ryan and Kira Dolan, Camden Fitzpatrick and Carson McCartney from Renaissance Secondary School are working to help the homeless in Denver. These students worked together using the Design Thinking Process to make a difference here locally. 

They used sustainable development goals #1: No Poverty and #3: Good Health and Well Being to develop their plan. These goals represent global challenges we face and give students a chance to try to make a difference in their own community. Using the Design For Change model, the students raised money by participating in a community garage sale and used those funds to purchase items to make care packages to be distributed to the homeless. 

They created their own group called "RSShelpingthehomeless" to reach out to service organizations and ask them to help distribute the packages. The students worked closely with the Denver Department of Human Services (DHS) and were able to get the care packages distributed at the annual Project Homeless Connect event. This is a free resource fair for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.  This one-day event enables clients to access an array of services ranging from ID services, housing services, clothing banks, etc.  

The group is continuing their initiative by organizing additional fundraisers throughout the school year and continuing to work with the Denver GIVE Center at DHS.  

These students are great role models for their peers, and show how anyone can make a difference locally. If you are interested in helping with their cause, you can email them at rsshelpingthehomeless@gmail.com.

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