In Edmonton, Canada university students will live as the homeless for 5 days for a fundraiser for the Youth Emergency Shelter. They will live outside, not have normal access to food or shower, will always carry all of their things with them, including sleeping bag and more, and must still attend all classes and do homework.
And at Mount Olive United Methodist Church in Indiana teens raised money for a trip to Honduras by living homeless for 30 hours. They lived in makeshift cardboard shelters, without any modern technology, and without food.
In both places, everyone learns how hard it is to be homeless. They understand how things can be taken for granted. They experience firsthand only some of the problems we encounter every day.
I hope to see more fundraisers such as these. They can help to raise awareness of our situation and discourage the stigma we often face. Understanding comes from experience. With understanding, comes compassion. With compassion, comes hope.