Helping the Hungry

Scholarship Entrant: Katie from Tigard, Oregon
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Katie: 1

Homelessness. The lack of adequate housing forcing an individual or family to resort to “unconventional” measures of survival. Something that I care about more than words can describe. If I could do anything in the world, I would help this community. I first became invested in the issue of homelessness during my freshman year of high school when I went on an immersion and spent the night as a homeless person. The experience changed my perspective in so many ways I could not have even imagined. Since then, I have continued to be involved with the homeless population both in Portland and in Denver. Throughout high school I helped at Community Café, a soup kitchen based at my church where we served dinner to the homeless every Sunday. When I moved to Denver for college, I began working at the Denver Rescue Mission in the Bronco Room. Kids in transitional housing come to get help with homework. Josh, beginning as a seven year old who could not write his name or count to 10, was able to by the end of the year. I saw kids grow in unexplainable ways. Throughout my sophomore year of college, I served breakfast at the mission and worked with underprivileged high school students. I was able to show the high schoolers life outside the classroom and the opportunities available after graduation. Moving forward, I would work at the Denver Rescue Mission helping those who even with so little want to help others.

Vote for Katie: 1

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