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Humbling Experience

I am lucky to have never had the misfortune of being homeless. On Wednesday May 20th, Dawn Ravella, Lisa Kunstader, Bill Hertline, Nell McDonald, and I attended the 25th Annual Interfaith Convocation and Overnight Vigil for Housing Justice.

We were able to see first hand what it is like to be homeless if only for a night. We all went to Foley Square Park following the Convocation at Trinity’s St. Paul’s Chapel to spend the night, and bear witness to the plight of the homeless.

This experience was quite humbling, and it was at the same time very enlightening. It offered such an incredible perspective on life, and it can make one see all of the things that one takes for granted on a daily basis. Two things in particular are having a roof over one’s head and a warm bed to sleep in at night. The temperature only went down to the high 50’s, but I can tell you that the benches are not comfortable and even with a blanket I felt quite cold. We were advised by those who knew, that we should not sleep on the grass, or we take the risk of being bitten by rats. This night, which wasn’t even particularly cold, makes me realize how incredible it is that homeless people can survive a harsh winter on the streets of New York City.

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