Wayne State University
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Words from our Founding Director

Jacqueline Wilson

Out with the Old, In with the New

May 2017

With the sweet month of May comes blooming flowers, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend, and last but certainly not least: spring graduation for Wayne State University graduating students. Long study days, paper writing, and test cramming have finally come to an end as students prepare their resume and start their search for their dream jobs. For HIGH Program recipients who were once homeless students who found relief through your gifts, this day means everything.

In 2013, I started this program after I witnessed a student sleeping in her car. Since that day, over 130+ students have been assisted. When graduation approaches, they are ready and eager to hear their name called, walk across the stage, and receive what they have been working so hard for: their diploma. To them, this is not just a piece of paper, but proof they have overcome all odds. They made it.

The amount of lives we have touched in these past three years is unbelievable, but what is even more implausible is the need. As our program has caught wind across campus, more and more students are sharing their stories of gut-wrenching accounts of abuse, homelessness, heartache, and pain. Each of the students we help has seen rock bottom, witnessed horror, and experienced the worst case scenario. Now, it is their turn to shine; it’s their turn to walk across the stage and accept their diploma. It is their turn to graduate, and here at HIGH we could not be more proud of them.

Thanks to you, these students have found hope and a future.

Thank you.
Jacqueline Wilson