The New Face of Homelessness

Rochester Schools homeless liaison Melissa Brandt wrote an illuminating piece about homeless students and the role of government and individuals in meeting their needs. Did you know public schools had a homeless liaison? As the homeless liaison, Melissa Brandt helps assist those kids and their families experiencing homelessness. Brandt eloquently stated:

“Honestly, most of the time it feels like I’m shoveling sand. I’m able to enlighten a few people, but most of the sand falls off the sides of the shovel. I need a bigger shovel. I need an army of people who understand what homelessness is and what it looks like, and together we can educate the rest of the community. So, here I am, reaching out to people who I know can make a difference. You are my bigger shovel. Let’s discuss the basics. Let’s answer the questions you are afraid to ask. Let’s talk about what all this has to do with a teacher’s job in the classroom. Let’s create change.”

This piece is definitely worth reading. Find the article here: The New Face of Homelessness by Melissa Brandt

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