“My favorite part of Human Services Day was when we got the amazing opportunity to hear from Brian and Chris at Redwood Gospel Mission about their lives and how they came from rock bottom to where they are now, with families and jobs and furthering their education. Coincidentally, my least favorite part was also hearing from these gentlemen. It broke my heart and almost moved me to tears when I heard their experiences on the street. Spending holidays under bridges with absolutely no one to call, having your family not know if you are alive or dead is the most unimaginable thing. It hurt to hear how cruel people can be to the less fortunate and I hope that one day homelessness will not be an issue anymore.” – A TLT student

On our five Human Services Days in September, we heard the stories of seniors, homeless people, the hungry, at-risk youth, and those wrestling with mental illness… and we learned about the individual events and social conditions that can send people down some very difficult paths. Students in our 5 classes worked with 60 presenters and volunteers, visited 18 different sites, and learned about 22 different local organizations providing services, implementing solutions and advocating for change. Big thanks to SAY’s Natalie Evans and Lorez Bailey for helping the North Class Hunger 101 simulation, and to Cat Cvengros who spoke to the South Class about nonprofit funding. Special thanks to South Class Steering Committee member Moe Jacobson of Financial Partners Wealth Strategies for sponsoring the South Class lunch. Fun photos and more details on the TLT Facebook Page.