Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Duquesne University today held a panel discussion on homelessness in Pittsburgh. Panel members included Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Tonya Payne, Executive Director of Healthy Teens Tom Baker, Executive Director of Pleasant Valley Men's Shelter Michael Gleason, and Erica Smith of Community Human Services. The discussion focused on calls for service, asking students how they could better work to solve the problem of homelessness in Pittsburgh. Duquesne University Assistant Director of Student Activities and Volunteers Coordinator Alia Pustorino-Clevenger says students already demonstrate a willingness to volunteer and help out in many ways. Site Coordinator for National Student Partnerships Colin White says students already work with local organizations to help the homeless. The panel discussion also briefly discussed the causes of homelessness.