Mount St. Joseph University

Students spend night in “Shantytown”

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Mount St. Joseph students gathered for 30 hours of solidarity with those who experience a lack of access and security to basic necessities, both in Cincinnati and around the globe, through World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. The experience was co-hosted by Campus Ministry, Campus Ministry Club, Habitat for Humanity and Impact Cincinnati, with cooperation from MSJ Police, and hospitality provided by the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse.

Through games and activities, students learned about the challenges faced by developing countries regarding reliable access to clean water, healthcare and food. For a portion of Friday night, students slept in cardboard shelters they made for themselves, bracing the cold to enhance our understanding of what it must be like for thousands of people in America who experience homelessness. On Saturday morning, the students made sandwich bags to distribute downtown, primarily to Tender Mercies, an organization that provides a place to call home for adults with mental illness experiencing homelessness.

As part of the experience, we will be hosting a fundraiser with a fast food restaurant to raise money for World Vision, an organization that provides works to provide access to healthcare, food, education and clean water to developing countries.