Elizabeth Fazzini | Jan. 17, 2013 | Diocese of Greensburg
LATROBE — What better way to learn about the reality of a situation than to immerse oneself into it?
That’s just what Kaitlyn Davis did.
Davis, 20, was one of 14 University of Notre Dame students, all from the Pittsburgh area, who traveled back to the heart of Steelers country to participate in this year’s Urban Plunge Jan. 2-4.
Coordinated by the Center for Social Concerns at the university, the Urban Plunge is designed to give students a first-hand, in-depth look at urban poverty in their hometown.
The students slept in Pittsburgh area homeless shelters during the plunge; the women stayed at Bethlehem Haven, and the men stayed at Pleasant Valley Shelter, shelters for women and men, respectively. And they visited more than 12 human service agencies, such as Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Jubilee Soup Kitchen, and Holy Family Institute.