Julianna Stanley, the Student Government Association president, has extended the coat drive that SGA ran in conjunction with Helping Eradicate Homelessness through Resources Opportunities and Supplies (HEHROS) from Nov. 13-16, 2017, to include faculty.
The Winter Coat Drive is where anyone can donate their gently used winter coats at the Bonnie lobby from 11-2 p.m., to go towards Radford students in the University’s HEHROS program.
There are more than 58,000 homeless college students in America today, according to Free Application for Federal Student Aid data from the 2012-2013 academic year. Students are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings or substandard housing that are not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations.
Appealing to fellow faculty to contribute to this worthy cause, associate professor in the School of Communication, Dr. Scott Dunn, said, “If you have used coats you can donate, they’ll be used to stock a closet for students who need a winter coat and can’t afford one.”
” I mean it’s more than coats it’s the whole entire organization it’s for helping kids that are struggling,” said Isaac Gomez, a theater freshman. “I think that’s great, half of my family is in a struggling condition, so I feel I understand but not entirely. I’ve always had a comfy home and nice coats I understand the issues and the problems. It’s a great organization.”
The Helping Eradicate Homelessness through Resources Opportunities and Supplies (HEHROS) program is focused on supporting Radford University students who are homeless, at risk for becoming homeless or in transition while on campus. Radford University’s HEHROS aims to mitigate the challenges our students face, enhance quality of life by connecting them with available resources and empowering them to succeed. We recognize the importance of addressing the needs of all students on campus and seek to support every member of the Highlander family.