February 27, 2018

Health Technology Students “Teens Against Homelessness”

A small group of Eaton RESA Health Technology students have made a big difference for hundreds of local individuals in need with their group “Teens Against Homelessness.” The student group hosted an event at Maple Grove Baptist Church on February 17 aimed at providing support and assistance to the local homeless population.

This is the second event “Teens Against Homelessness” held this winter to help those in need, with the first being January 13. They also participated in the Mid-Michigan Housing Services Project Resource Connect at First Lutheran Church in Charlotte on January 23. At this event, they were able to help more than 100 homeless and at-risk individuals with health awareness, clothing, toiletries, children’s toys, lunch and more.

Alexis Dansby (Grand Ledge), Abby Osborn (Eaton Rapids) and Brittany Vergason (Eaton Rapids) formed their initiative as part of their involvement in the student group Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). They have chosen to make their communities a better place by providing resources and health education to the homeless and those in need. By combining generous community and business donations, as well as funds raised through efforts at Eaton RESA, “Teens Against Homelessness” has been able to improve conditions for local individuals with clothing and socks for all ages, toiletry items, diapers and more. Additionally, these students have targeted education and awareness of the health risks associated with homelessness.

Through Eaton RESA’s Career Preparation Center, students have the opportunity to learn transferrable skills, earn high school credit and have the opportunity to earn actual college credit upon completion of their program in a number of high demand fields. Some students maximize their opportunities by participating in technical student organizations like HOSA.

HOSA is the only national organization that exclusively serves secondary and postsecondary/college students pursuing careers in health care occupations. In response to critical shortages facing the health care industry, HOSA has expanded its membership to include all students interested in, planning to pursue or pursuing a career in the health professions. The organization works to develop leadership and technical skill competencies using a program of motivation, awareness and recognition. Competitions and events are held throughout the United States to provide member students the opportunity to gain that recognition.

Visit Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center to learn more.