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Students Help Homeless Vendors Earn Money Through Community Service Project

LaShaunn Bold's Human Behavior and Social Environment Class
LaShaunn Bold's Human Behavior and Social Environment Class

Students in the School of Social Work’s undergraduate program inspire homeless street vendors and enable them to make money to overcome poverty through a community service initiative.

On November 23, 2015, students enrolled in a social work class called Human Behavior and Social Environment collected seven gallons of supplies for homeless vendors who sell newspapers to make money for shelter, food, clothes and other necessities.

The class is taught by LaShaunn Bold, social work assistant professor in practice. Stephen Karnes, executive director of The Journey Street Newspaper, provided Bold’s class with the opportunity to participate in the community service project with his newspaper.

The class was able to assist in providing gainful self-employment for several homeless individuals in Tarrant County.

“I’m proud of our students. It was a pleasure for my class to be a part of this community service initiative. Social Work students exemplify academic excellence and quality service. They go above and beyond to advocate for others, empower those who are less fortunate, and seek out opportunities to help individuals overcome poverty, abuse, neglect and injustice,” said Bold.

Students in Bold’s class collected various kinds of resources that were used to help homeless street vendors sell newspapers. Some of the items included gloves, hats, scarves, glow vests, buckets, gift cards, and hand warmers.

“Each semester, students enrolled in my Human Behavior and Social Environment class have the opportunity to plan a community service project for the class. Although it is not required for students in the class to initiate and participate in a community service project, most of them are eager to participate, allocate their time, resources, and talents for the greater good of helping others. It’s only natural for our social work students to take on such important tasks such as this one,” said Bold.

For more information about the class project for homeless street vendors, contact LaShaunn Bold at lashaunn@uta.edu or visit http://www.journeypaper.org/index.html for more information about The Journey Street Newspaper.

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