“NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE WITHOUT SHELTER”
-His son’s generosity prompted his own-
Jeff became involved with the YW when he and his 16 year old son took a trip through the YW’s Cardboard House at the mall. As they walked through the end of it, Jeff watched his son empty, and then donate the contents of his wallet. “No one should have to live without shelter” his son said.
As the Principal of St. Paul’s Catholic High School, Jeff is well aware of their mandate: make a long-term difference in the community. On the spot, Jeff decided to make that commitment to the YW by becoming a monthly donor. Personally, Jeff will always remember that moment with his son. But as Principal of St.Paul’s, his favourite moment with the YW was when the Cardboard House came to their school.
He remembers watching the look of transformation and understanding on the students’ faces as they came together to learn about poverty and homelessness in their community. “You’re either a part of the solution or a part of the problem”, Jeff says; “I strongly believe that in our civilized society no one should have to go without the basic necessities of life. I think we don’t take the problem of homelessness personally enough. Imagine that man on the street was your brother or father, then you would give back, too”.