What’s This?

Hello internet.

My name is Asmita, and I and 10 other Emory students recently went on a Homeless Immersion trip in downtown Atlanta, as a part of a Volunteer Emory spring break trip. In essence, we worked with various agencies that provide services to the homeless, all the while being homeless ourselves.


-$5 to spend on food for the whole week

-A blanket

-The clothes on our back

-No toiletries or showers

We slept in a shelter for two nights, but for the majority of the nights we were outside under the Atlanta moon.

Our goal was to begin to understand the struggle over 4000 people in Atlanta face every day. What we discovered was a problem larger than we could possibly have realized.

That’s where you come in. My goal in posting the stories I heard this week is to call you to action. Homelessness is a complex web of problems, and we can only begin to solve some of them with your support.

You can find the entries arranged by day for your reading convenience. I hope you’ll take a few minutes out of your day to read about my experience.

If you have any other questions, comments or otherwise would like to reach out, you can reach me at agathoo@emory.edu


6 thoughts on “What’s This?

  1. great idea to receive first hand experience of pain. will help in realising we should be thankful for many things. But how did the really home less react to see ‘not really home less’ in thier midst? What action is further intended


    1. They actually really loved the idea of people trying to understand their situation! And the best thing we can do is show our empathy. Vote responsibly, advocate by sending letters etc. Check out Day 6 for a more detailed list of what we can do!


  2. I am not sure how I found your article, but I am so happy I did. The message was articulated perfectly and had me in tears. I live in one of those atl condos and see how many of my neighbors are more concerned with property value than the fact that a human is going hungry and sleeping in a doorway across the street. It would be nice to see more articles like this reaching more people. You have a such a great heart, and I hope it is reinforced throughout your adult years😊 The best to you in all of your future endeavors.


  3. Asmita- This is so well written, detailed, and honest. I deeply connected with your homeless experience and your pledge to work for justice for the addicted and forgotten. Thank you for doing this during Spring break. Thank you for writing about it. And thank you for committing your brilliant mind to alleviate suffering and provide love and healing to those hurting. You have such a rich and meaningful life ahead.


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