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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Harvard Students Get Real-Life Lessons By Helping The Homeless

George Caponigro, used to be a guest at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He credits the place with helping him get back on his feet. (Monica Brady-Myerov/Here & Now)

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter in Cambridge, Massachusetts is thought to be the only shelter in the country run entirely by students. It’s been operating for more than 25 years, and provides beds to 24 men and women each night and meals to many more.

We speak with two Harvard students about what they’ve learned while volunteering and with George Caponigro, a former guest of the shelter. We also speak to Scott Seider of Boston University. Seider volunteered at the shelter as a Harvard undergrad and he wrote about his experiences in the book, “Shelter: Where Harvard Meets The Homeless.”


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