Tag Archives: Homelessness

Leah Schaffer

Social Analysis: Students Take a Close Look at Homelessness

On Monday, students who attend weekly service at the Siena/Francis House were invited to come together for a social analysis to discuss issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. Every week at the Siena/Francis House, Creighton students eat dinner with the residents and then listen to the story of someone in the Addiction Recovery Program. It is [...]

What I Hope to Gain and to Give at Siena/Francis House

I have only been to Siena/Francis House once, about a couple of weeks ago with some fellow volunteers with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice. I remember walking in with my peers, anticipating being directly addressed. What should I say? What is there to talk about? The weather, the news, sports? There were two [...]

Laura Shircliff (Sr.), St. Martin's Client, Shelby Snedeker (Sr.)

Finding Home in a Homeless Shelter

Fall break of my sophomore year I went on my first service trip. In the house where we stayed hung a small tapestry that read the following quote by B. Cooke: “We need to find people who mean something to us, people to whom we turn knowing that being with them is coming home.” At [...]

Connecting the Dots Between Service and Advocacy

This morning, the Siena/Francis House group participated in a legislative visit with Senator Ben Nelson’s staff. Louise Lattimer pictured here with the group met the delegation to discuss domestic poverty concerns. Getting to the actual visit was a challenge in itself. After our first night in the shelter we had to be up and going [...]

Featured SFH Advocacy

Thank You For Helping Project Homeless Connect Omaha

Thank you to all who participated and assisted with Project Homeless Connect Omaha on Friday, March 23rd. With the assistance of 582 students (422 from Creighton), 142 community members, 102 Faculty/Staff Members (87 from Creighton), 76 people helping with Set-Up/Clean-Up, 33 Omaha/Council Bluffs service agencies, 21 licensed medical professionals, and 18 Ask Me volunteers we were [...]


Seeing Despair Turn To Hope

By Casey Jergenson, ’12 Driving through the neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan can be a rather disturbing experience.  Rows upon rows of burnt-out, dilapidated houses grimaced at our mini-van as we drove through the city, replacing our light-hearted conversations with melancholy silences.  I certainly was not prepared for the poverty we encountered. We volunteered with a [...]

Casey Jergenson

Anna Ferguson

Lessons from Detroit

By Anna Ferguson, ’15 Talking to a homeless person the same age as you has the incredible ability to change your ideas about life and people in general. Perhaps God knew that was what I would need to really challenge my generalizations and assumptions about the homeless during my Spring Break Service and Justice Trip [...]