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Apr 18 2014

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee Honored for Professional and Public Service

Apr 17 2014

Water-Energy Nexus Conference in China Tackles Global Issues

Apr 16 2014

NYIT Celebrates M.B.A. Graduation at JUFE

Apr 10 2014

NYIT Anatomy Professors Awarded NSF Grant for Evolutionary Studies

Apr 04 2014

NYIT Expert to Lecture on Nation’s Physician Shortage and Poverty

Apr 25 2014

Relay For Life of NYIT

Apr 25 2014

The Source

Apr 25 2014

SOURCE 2014

Apr 27 2014

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Expo

Apr 27 2014

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Honors Reception

Academics Announcement
Dec 11 2013

Hot Meals on a Cold Day

It is very easy to see that the homeless population of New York City is on the rise. We see it every day in the area surrounding NYIT’s Manhattan campus.  According to a recent report from the Coalition for the Homeless, NYC’s homeless population is at its highest rate since the 1930s, with a record being set this June of over 52,000 people, with 22,100 of them being children, seeking refuge in New York City’s municipal shelters. While we walk past many of the city’s homeless on our daily commute, rarely do we stop and really think about their circumstances. Charitable organizations like the Church of St. Paul the Apostle’s soup kitchen provides a very important necessity to many of the city’s homeless, a hot meal. Not everyone who utilizes the soup kitchen is homeless, but they certainly are appreciative of the kindness. Students from Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society have been volunteering at the soup kitchen for the past 2 years. They do this as an ongoing community service event every semester and also as a way to annually take part in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week.  On Tuesday, November 19th a new group of volunteers went to the soup kitchen, which brought about brand new reactions to the day. XAE Treasurer Nusrat Lima describes her visit to the soup kitchen below.
 
 “This was my first time ever going to a soup kitchen and I was excited despite the cold weather.  I met two kind senior citizens while making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They have been volunteering in the soup kitchen for more than a decade.  After all the sandwiches were packed by Sadia (XAE Secretary) and myself, we got ready to serve whoever came through St. Paul's door. I was stationed as a server for pasta and meatballs. I was really surprised to see a young girl who looked my age in the line for food. When I saw her enter the soup kitchen at first I thought she was a student from another college coming to help out, but to my surprise she was the one who needed the help.  It was shocking to see someone so close to my age at a soup kitchen. It made me wonder what her circumstances were and if she was part of the growing number of homeless in the city. It made me feel sad for that brief moment. Honestly, even though it wasn’t easy, this was a great experience and I recommend everyone to go out and give a little of your time to helping out the less fortunate.”

Coalition for the Homeless. (2013) Figures for homelessness in New York City retrieved from http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/pages/basic-facts-about-homelessness-new-york-city

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