Arkansas Tech University students are making a difference in the River Valley. Students in Dr. Jason Ulsperger’s sociology classes and members of Alpha Kappa Delta, a sociology honor society at Tech, recently collected more than 500 items for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program.
The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program works to assist those in need of housing in the River Valley.
Students gathered more than 500 toys and cleaning supplies to donate to the organization. Alpha Kappa Delta member Cole Smith (photographed right) presented the items to Program Director Lorrie Ellis (photographed left) shortly before the holiday break.
Ellis says the items collected are being distributed to those individuals the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program serves.
Ulsperger says he selects a local non-profit organization each semester for students in his classes to assist. He added, “There are people in the Russellville area who suffer from short-term financial strains that lead to homelessness. I think anything members of the community can do to help those people out, in conjunction with organizations like the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program, should be done.”