Homeless families find relief, help getting back on their feet
As part of a service-learning project, Globe University-Sioux Falls students spent half-a-day making life easier for guests of Good Shepherd Ministry Center’s homeless day shelter.
Students served lunch and performed basic cleaning services. They also played games and visited with guests and their children.
“I hope that I was able to make a difference in someone’s life just like they did for me. The Good Shepherd to me was not just an assignment; it was a life-changing event,” said student Constance Koskela.
According to the Minnehaha County Homeless Advisory Board, the Sioux Falls area has seen a significant increase in homelessness over the past decade. Good Shepherd’s mission is to help these men, women and families.
“This service-learning project really helped me understand what being involved in the community really is and how big of an impact it can have not only [on] me but also [on] the others whom we are serving,” said student Kristel Jandl.
Last year, more than 40,000 visited the center seeking help finding jobs or affordable housing. The shelter also offers basic laundry and shower services, lunch and relaxation for families.
“So many people are afraid to break out of their comfort zone and meet people who are different from them, but the Globe University students did a great job of interacting with the guests of the Good Shepherd,” said Maria Krell, the center’s executive director.