by Angela Cataldo
If I asked you to picture the life of a homeless person, what would you imagine? The stereotype would be an alcoholic, middle-aged man living on the city streets. It is no wonder why high school students tend to steer clear of volunteering for the cause. In reality, only 38% of homeless people are addicts and only 44% are male. The rest of people struggling with housing instability are either single women, families with children, or unaccompanied minors who could use a little help from high school volunteers.
In Massachusetts alone, one out of every sixty grade school kids are homeless. That’s 13,157 high school-aged students experiencing homelessness on any given day in Massachusetts – and you wouldn’t even guess it because they are just like everyone else.