RAISING AWARENESS OF HOMELESSNESS
by Gerry McCarthy
Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg remembers his initial reaction to the idea of his university hosting a homeless encampment. "There was this sudden kind of sinking in my stomach that this was a very uncomfortable suggestion," he says. "I thought maybe we would talk about homelessness, have conferences, and send our students to be engaged with homelessness. But actually hosting a homelessness encampment here felt like a political thing that was going to be controversial. That it was going to be messy."