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Apr 13, 2010 12:53 PM by Greg Boyce

Students bring attention to homeless

A student club at Pueblo Community College is trying to help the homeless in tough economic times.

PCC's PS CARE Club will conduct its eighth annual "Building Bridges" sleep out from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday in the college's outdoor amphitheater. The purpose is to raise awareness of the homeless population and funds for two homeless-serving local agencies - Posada and the Soup Kitchen. PS CARE recently held an aluminum can drive and a walk-a-thon on campus to augment its fund-raising effort.

During the sleep out, a group of PCC students and staff as well as members of the community will sleep outdoors in cardboard boxes. The PS CARE Club is made up of  students in the Psychology and Social Work program. PS CARE is an acronym for Psychology and Social Work Careers and Resources for Education.

The club encourages any interested community members to participate in the sleep out, stop by during the evening and/or make donations for the cause. Representatives of Posada and Soup Kitchen are expected to be on hand to address the event's participants.

"There is a great need for this due to the economy, and we're just trying to raise money to help out," noted Donna Fitzsimmons, who chairs PCC's Psychology and Social Work associate degree program and is the advisor for the student club.

Anyone wishing to donate or attend the sleep out can get more information by contacting Fitzsimmons by phone at 549-3351 or via e-mail at donna.fitzsimmons@pueblocc.edu.

 

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