Charitable Lessons - PNW Class Project is a Merry Christmas for the Homeless


WESTVILLE – Jim Musial has been doing social work for several years now, and he knows that hearing "No" is part of the job. But for a group of Purdue University Northwest students, whose service-learning project was dedicated to helping the homeless, it came as a shock.

"Fundraising is a challenge," said Claire Hagan, one of the students in Carolyn Higgins' Small Group Communications class. "A lot of businesses said no, but we learned you don't worry about those. A lot more said yes, and those are the ones that matter. We're so thankful for them."

Musial said, "The great thing about this group was when they hit the wall. The hardest thing is to hear no, and you hear it all day long. But they stayed with it and it all came together in the end..."

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Who We Are

Citizens Concerned for the Homeless is an organization comprised of Sand Castle Shelter, Grace Learning Center, and Keys to Hope. Sand Castle Shelter addresses the "invisible" crisis of homeless children and families in our community. Grace Learning Center provides assistance in developing skills necessary to gain entry level and advanced level jobs. Keys to Hope acts as a as a central access point for social services and resources including appropriate public aid, health insurance, and housing as well as offers free showers and laundry amenities to active participants.

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What We Do

Our mission is to provide short-term drug and alcohol free shelter to homeless families, assist in securing permanent housing for these families, and provide opportunities to build a skill set to maintain stable housing.

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Who We Help

Sand Castle offers temporary shelter to LaPorte County families. These families may be single mothers or single fathers with children, or families headed by couples. When space is available, we accept single women as well. All family members must test free of drugs and alcohol.

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