At the end of last semester, the Honors Program teamed up with the Student Government Association and the TRIPS Program to put on a Clothing and Hygiene Drive. Personal hygiene items as well as gently used or new clothing were collected across campus, and then given to two very deserving causes. One portion of the donations was taken to Philadelphia by the Urban Poverty Trip and given to Our Brother’s Place homeless shelter. The other portion was given to Green Bay Preble High School’s discreet “closet” - The Hive. Julia Novotny, a participant of the Urban Poverty Trip and an organizer of the drive, gave us a taste of the impact the donations made:
“The clothing and hygiene drive impacted people in Green Bay all the way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A combination of about ten total bags, boxes, and suitcases held the items that were donated to Preble High School and Our Brother’s Place. This year was the second year that items were collected at St. Norbert College and delivered to “The Hive” at Preble High School. Students at Preble are able to come pick out clothing, deodorant, toothpaste, and other goods they are in need of to help make them more comfortable and have their basic needs provided for.
Three suitcases full of shirts, hats, gloves, shampoo, toothbrushes, and other clothing and hygiene products flew from St. Norbert College to Philadelphia. Then, they were rolled and carried with the Urban Poverty TRIPS group, who walked and took a train, to get to Our Brother’s Place (a men’s homeless shelter serving about 150 to 200 men daily.) The organization called Bethesda Project, which Our Brother’s Place is a part of, was founded by Father Domenic, a Norbertine priest who attended St. Norbert College. One of their major missions is to be family to those who have none. The men (referred to as guests) are trying to better their lives and themselves with support from the shelter with people who become a support network. The guests at Our Brother’s Place are served meals, provided shelter, and given clothes and hygiene products (including the ones that were donated through the donation drive at St. Norbert!).”
-Julia Novotny, Honors Class of 2019
Once again, we are filled with gratitude for the generosity of the campus community, and even more so, the dedication of students and staff who worked to make this donation drive a success!