Rosalie DeAstis // Features Editor
Every year, the club organizes a number of events but some of their most prestigious include the Domestic Violence Awareness Fair and the Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Awareness Fair, where many agencies and organizations visit campus to provide outside resources for students to turn to. On Nov. 2, they participated in the National Sleep out Saturday (NSOS) for their fourth year. NSOS is meant to be a “wake-up call” for the community where over 2,000 people of all ages gather to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness by sleeping outside in boxes, cars and tents. The event also raises money for Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program. Every year, over 25 DuPage County communities participate in the sleep out.
“Next year I hope to plan a family event during the day that will take place before the sleep out,” said Desiree Mombleau, club president, when asked how she plans to get students involved for next year.
The Human Services Network club/program also supports those who are dealing with substance abuse, depression/mental illness, veterans and mothers in the need. For the holidays, they will be hosting several drives. One will be for new hats, gloves and games for kids in residential care at Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center. Another will be for diapers, wipes and baby clothes for families involved with programs at CareNet and Teen Parent connection. There will also be a drive for new socks for homeless people served through Sandwich Run, an organization that feeds the homeless.
“Being a part of Human Services has helped me to connect to my fellow students,” said Vice President, Linda Woody Kolling.
“I don’t think they realize how much of an impact they can make.”
The college’s Human Services program not only supports the Human Services Network Club, but also the Tau Upsilon Alpha (TUA) Human Services Honor Society. Both organizations meet regularly where they develop ideas as a group and plan their events.
“What’s cool about the college’s Human Services program, is it puts what people learn in the classroom to action,” said Jason Florin, Human Services Coordinator and club advisor since 2010.
“Students enrolled in the college’s human services class visit a different agency every week, such as Teen Parent connection, or a homeless shelter, which is a part of the class that introduces them to these different services they can get involved in.”
21-year-old computer science major, Rashma James, is this year’s Human Services club secretary. She’s one of very few people that is a part of the club but not the program.
“I’m passionate about many of the social issues the club supports,” she said.
“It’s also a great way for students to network with the agencies and organizations we work with, for potential job opportunities and internships.”
Becoming a member of the Human Services Network Club is easy. Start by liking their page on Facebook: “Human Services Network at College of DuPage.” You can also be a part of the online fundraising for Sleep Out Saturday if you didn’t attend the event by checking out bridgecommunities.org.
All photos courtesy of Human Services Network Club.