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Words from our Founding Director

Jacqueline Wilson

They asked. You answered.

August 2018

Can you imagine living day to day with no place to call home?  Students here at Wayne State 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, your protection, your safety, your sense of belonging, your warmth, a room to call your own, and a place to store your belongings. Homelessness overpowers not only the individual suffering, but their 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 200 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 most. You are their hope. You are their future. You are their strength.

As the summer of 2018 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