New Jersey Collegiate Career Day
By: Marty Magaan
We see them everyday as we traverse these city streets. People lying on sidewalks and subway benches wrapped in tattered blankets and covered in layers of worn apparel. They have become commonplace in our communities. So much so that attaining a level of numbness to their presence has become an unfortunate trademark of a "true New Yorker". Many of us are unaware of the complicated circumstances that surround being in such a position of poverty. It is difficult for homeless people to get medical treatment, which is a shame considering that chronic diseases, disabling conditions, and the high cost of medical bills for the treatment of those conditions are often the cause of people being forced into homelessness in the first place.
In particular, HIV/AIDS has been significantly more prevalent in the homeless population than in the general population. In fact, people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS have a higher chance of becoming homeless. Fortunately, organizations such as Housing Works are relentlessly dedicated to ending the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. Housing Works provides free housing, medical treatment, and many other comprehensive services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. And the best part is that anyone can get involved and help out in a way that might surprise you.
Housing Works offers volunteer positions that involve working at thrift shops, book stores, and catering services, all of which contribute all profits towards their mission to end homelessness and AIDS. Volunteers can receive valuable work experience as retail salespeople or even store managers, and at the same time help thousands of people in our community. The organization has thrift shop locations all over Manhattan, all of which offer a friendly environment for volunteers to work together and learn through experience how to run a store. If you are interested in helping fight against homelessness and HIV/AIDS, or if you are looking for a good volunteer gig to put on your resume, Housing Works offers a great opportunity for you to get involved and gain valuable working experience.
For more information on Housing Works, visit their website at: