Students from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland go all over the world on mission trips. But this year, they brought back a program to help the young men understand the problem of homelessness.
The incoming juniors and seniors spent part of their summer vacation meeting people who live on the streets, to understand more about them.
“I saw this as a good opportunity, obviously to help out homeless people, maybe grow a little bit myself, and learn a little bit about our city,” said St. Ignatius student Ryan Grace.
The teens slept outside on campus and held Mass in the Flats before visiting homeless camps, having lunch with homeless people, and visiting different agencies that help the homeless.
“One of the gentlemen that we met once woke up in the middle of the night on fire,” said St. Ignatius junior Dan Brennan. “It was a hate crime against him and a lot of us were in shock when we found out that happened because he was a really joyful man who was thankful to God for being alive.”
St. Ignatius Mission Assistant Coach Connor Walters said his hope is that students who participate in this trip will come to find a greater sense of camaraderie with people who live on the streets and really see them as their own brothers and sisters.