Millikin University students are providing services at Oasis Day Center for the homeless several times throughout the spring semester under the guidance of Dr. Mary Garrison, professor of social work at Millikin. Dr. Garrison and the students have been providing services since last semester after being introduced to the concept during a visit a year earlier to Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.
Millikin students play key role in collecting homeless data
The Macon County Homeless Council Continuum of Care works diligently to meet the needs of homeless individuals, veterans, children and families. To identify how many people are homeless in Macon County, the Continuum of Care has worked with Millikin University faculty and students for the last three years to conduct its annual Point-in-Time survey.
Millikin students take Box City event to next level
Millikin University's Human Service Connection and the Macon County Continuum hosted its annual Box City event in support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on Nov. 11 on the Miller Quad. The event was part of Millikin's campaign to help bring hunger and homelessness awareness to the local community.
Big Blue Backpack program impacts local community
Big Blue Backpacks
Big Blue Backpacks, a new Millikin University student-run organization seeking to help alleviate childhood hunger, announced that the organization will start providing bags of food for students in need at Dennis Lab School starting Sept. 9.
Millikin University and the Macon County Homeless Council Continuum of Care hosted a screening of the 2014 documentary "The Homestretch" on Nov. 19, at the Avon Theater in Decatur, Ill. "The Homestretch" follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.
Box City at Millikin provides eye-opening experiences
For six years, Millikin University's Box City event has not only kicked off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, but has provided students with eye-opening experiences.
Pixie Fennessey, Millikin University adjunct professor of psychology and sociology, has s