Sleep in a homeless shelter? Pittsburgh-area students say ‘yes’

Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 2:43 PM


College students take ‘Urban Plunge’ to learn about poverty in Pittsburgh

 WHO:          13 Pittsburgh-area college students, including Kacie Shannon, 18, of Sewickley 

WHAT:        Will take a 48-hour “urban plunge” to have a first-hand look at urban poverty in Pittsburgh

WHEN:        Jan. 7-9, 2019

MORE:         The students will bring sleeping bags and stay in a homeless shelter for two consecutive nights. They will eat in soup kitchens and interact with those in need.

Students can provide interviews and on-site photos or video. Media is invited to attend.

The students will visit more than a dozen local agencies, including Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Crossroads Foundation, Prevention Point Pittsburgh, Jubilee Soup Kitchen, and more.

Now in its 41st year, the Pittsburgh Urban Plunge is coordinated by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Pittsburgh. All participants are students at the University of Notre Dame.