Suburban Ramsey County school districts have seen a four-fold increase in homeless students over the past decade, from less than 200 in 2008 to more than 800 today. In Roseville alone, the district has about 140 children facing inadequate housing this year.
How can we, as a people of faith, respond? About 25 parishioners of Corpus Christi and Saint Rose of Lima wrestled with that question Sunday night at a forum on Youth Homelessness sponsored by the Corpus Christi Social Justice Committee. Mike Rios-Keating, community education advocate for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, led the discussion and outlined ways that we can make a difference in advocating for young people challenged by inadequate housing.
If you missed it, Mike will be back to repeat the program at 10am on Sunday, October 28, just before the 10:30am Mass. A potluck lunch will follow Mass. All are welcome!
If you have an interest in this topic, you may also be interested in a special program on Human Trafficking in Roseville coming up next week at Saint Rose of Lima. Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig will speak on the topic at 7pm on Tuesday, October 23, in the Saint Rose school cafeteria. This event is sponsored by our friends on the Saint Rose of Lima Christian Service Committee.