|The donated furniture came from three recently upgraded Laclede Houses. Submitted photo|
Housing and Residence Life has been working with the Micah Program this week to arrange a large donation of furniture to the Salvation Army.
As part of an upgrade to the furnishings in the three Laclede Houses across from Pickleman's Deli, Jason Amezcua, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life, had a lot of furniture on his hands, much of it in good condition but not matching the needs and the new décor of the houses. Micah students who occupy the houses asked that the furniture be given to an organization that serves people in need.
"Organizing the donation of this furniture was another way for Micah students to give back to the community that gives us so much," said Kathryn Reeve, a senior occupational therapy student and Micah intern who headed up planning for the donation. In all, this week's donation included 75 items, including wardrobes, couches, tables and chairs.
The Micah Program is an academic unit devoted to studying and alleviating the problems of the urban poor. The 225 undergraduates currently involved combine faith, community, service and academics. Many pursue an interdisciplinary minor in Urban Poverty Studies, which is also open to all Saint Louis University students.
"One of the things I love most about working at SLU, is that when you call an office and say there is an opportunity to help people in need, doors fly open," said Donald Stump, director of the Micah Program. "Our collaboration with HRL this week is a perfect example of academic programs working with offices in Student Development and having wonderful results."