I'm lacking pictures from today, but I believe the other chaperones took more which I'll try to post tomorrow. Too... tired... must... go... to... bed...
Today as our fourth day of the Mission Trip, we woke up later for a change, ate breakfast, and got the opportunity to experience homelessness for ourselves.
My group walked around the Union Station area and spoke to an officer and a man experiencing homelessness named John. Talking to John was challenging and we didn’t get much information from him, but in hearing his story, we did learn a few facts like how he had been on the streets for six or more years waiting for a trial and that the shelters were actually pretty dangerous in the area. Afterwards, we delivered food packages to multiple people in an effort to promote healthy eating habits and to help those who cannot provide food for themselves. We ended the day by walking through a zoo and then eating Indian food.
Today was the fourth day, even though today was close to the end of our mission part of the trip, we still were very busy. My group (fortunately) didn’t have to wake up early, but we did have a very interesting exercise. We had to pretend like we were experiencing homelessness. In order accomplish this exercise we had to gather the recourses that were needed with only $2 dollars per person, by 1 o’clock. After successfully accomplishing our exercise, we went to visit a nursing rehabilitation home. There we had very interesting conversations with people you would expect to have them with. Finally we visited a zoo, and for dinner ate Indian food.
Written by students on SBJA's mission trips to Washington, D.C., in 2018 and to Costa Rica in 2017.