You’ll Love How These Students Came Together to Help the Homeless!

Collaboration is a great thing—especially when students are heading up the project! Medical assistant degree program students at Globe University-Appleton recently banded together during two service-learning projects at COTS, a local nonprofit organization.

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Students stand proudly in front of their healthy meal prepared for COTS residents.

COTS provides homeless individuals a safe and affordable place to live. The organization provides temporary transitional shelter for homeless men, women, young adults and single mother families in Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet counties. They also provide food, household needs and training on basic living skills enabling visitors to transition to self-sufficiency and independent living.

So just how did these students collaborate? Medical assistant students in two different classes decided that they wanted to help out COTS during their service-learning projects. One class designed, planned, prepared and served a meal to the homeless people at COTS, and another class prepared information to distribute regarding food prep, safety and hygiene.

Students planned and prepared a healthy meal for the homeless as well as an educational component emphasizing the importance of healthy eating.

“The students put a lot of time and energy into it!” Service Learning Coordinator Amanda Loewen said. “They used natural ingredients while making spaghetti and stuck to whole grains, vegetables and fruit.”

After the meal was served, the students were able to describe what ingredients were used and the importance of healthy eating.

Meanwhile, other students prepared and presented information about hand washing, illness and flu prevention, and food safety and preparation. They spent many hours researching and developing ways to relay the information that may help spread illness and infection.

The COTS organization is looking forward to having the information available to their residents for the future.