Once a child enters pre-school to when the child graduates from high school, the word student is automatically given to them. There are specific labels that can be attached to a kid as they progress in school. The activities they participate in ranges from being a nerd, the popular child or even the basketball player. However, how many students are homeless? Chicago Hopes, an after-school tutoring program, brought to the attention that there are children under the age of eighteen who are homeless. It brings to mind the consequences that kids can suffer from being homeless that some can be unaware of. The status of being a “homeless” student would rarely come to mind.
Homeless students, even those in the Chicago HOPES program, are on the verge of experiencing one of these events. In particular, a student homeless usually transfer between schools at least twice in a school year. Transferring more than consequently results in the child being behind of their peers. Furthermore, schools usually require documents in order for a child to register into a school. Some students would not even consider joining any activities due to fear of costs and fees. Therefore, the child living in poverty will not have much of a good experience as another student who lives within a home. These are thoughts that many of us take for granted.
As an illustration in one chapter of the Holy Bible, the lesson of the Samaritan can be taken place. Some of us would act like the priest and the Levite to these children, not willing to help them out. Even some of the elementary schools wouldn’t care for them. However, when someone acts like the Samaritan to help out these children, they are bringing life and hope back into the students. That was a trait that I had found in Chicago HOPES when I interviewed them. In fact, the volunteers who are taking the time to tutoring these students had the heart of a Samaritan. They were willing to spend their time in a day to put their focus on giving the student’s a chance that God wants them to have.
With this in mind, I never thought that homelessness can go further than what I had expected it to be....