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Words from our Founding Director

Jacqueline Wilson

They asked. You answered.

August 2017

Citizens of America: we have a problem.  Students are coming forward, sharing their heartbreaking stories of homelessness.

Losing your home is a horrifying experience. Whether it be foreclosure, eviction, a house fire, or some other devastating circumstance, becoming homeless entails leaving behind a piece of yourself. Losing your home means losing your sense of security, protection, safety, sense of belonging, warmth, room to call your own, and a place to store your belongings. Homelessness overpowers not only the individual suffering, but families and communities as well.

The Helping Individuals Go Higher Program is taking a stand against this unsettling social crisis right here in Detroit, starting with the homeless student population of Wayne State University. With the school year almost upon us, so are the cases of abandoned, destitute individuals, crying out because life has once again left them in the dark, with no light in sight.

Thankfully, for roughly 130 students, they called out and you answered. Your gifts have provided safe housing, hot food, clean water, heat, electricity, tuition relief, clothing, child care assistance, transportation and so much more. You are a beam of light, shining from all angles on students who need it the most. You are their hope. You are their future. You are their strength.

As the summer of 2017 comes to a close, let us not forget the winter months ahead, remembering the less fortunate who are homeless, fearful, hungry, scared, and heartbroken.

Thousands more are calling out; will you answer?
Thank you.
Jacqueline Wilson