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
-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 more gargantuan than any one of us, or even the group as a whole.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org