Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Macro Perspectives in Human Services, service learning program students

LPS Outreach

Las Tres Fabulousas and Daisy

Over Thinkers

The Lotus Flowers

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day
Saturday, Dec. 4th at 11a.m.
Universalist Unitarian Church
Cherry St. in St. Johnsbury

What is it? A free meal with these events:
*Balloon Animals
*Face Painting
*Art Projects

Presented by the Lyndon State College Psychology and Human Services Students
Macro Perspective in Human Services service learning project.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

An Experience at a Community Meal Site

Going to a local meal site, I was struck by the liveliness. I have been to a soup kitchen in a big city before, and the experience was totally different.  There, people were handed disposable trays and sat a long, cafeteria style tables. There was socialization, but there were also a lot of loners who did not speak to others. At this meal site, people were served their food on plates by volunteers and had were able to make decisions about what to eat. The tables were circular and there was a lot of conversation. It felt very family dinner like.  People checked in with each other and asked how things were going. It was clear there were relationships and bonds formed around this meal site. I saw people I knew and some said “Hello” and some did not. I wondered if they felt some shame or discomfort in this meeting.  I saw some I did not know, but recognized from seeing around town. When leaving, I noticed some people leaving in cars and some people with large plastic bags leaving to walk around town. It definitely broke my perception that this meal was just for the homeless and devastatingly poor. This diversity I feel is key into breaking down the stigmas and negative misconceptions that many have about people living in poverty.
 – Sylvia