ECC Compton Center Helps Homeless, In-Need Students

The holidays can be a difficult time for the homeless and those in need. But El Camino College Compton Center is doing all it can for its homeless students and students in need during the holiday season – and beyond.

ECC Compton Center hosted two major Thanksgiving community charity events in November, and is implementing a program to aid homeless students and students in need.

Specifically, ECC Compton Center recently started a free Shower/Towel/Soap program to provide students soap and clean towels to wash up in the locker facilities, open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session.

Compton Center also sponsored “A Taste of Thanksgiving” on campus that provided free meals and entertainment to students, targeting in particular – but not exclusively – homeless students.

And, though sponsored by many organizations outside ECC Compton Center, the “12th Annual Healthy Family Update and Turkey Giveaway” provided thousands of turkeys to families in need, as well as a complimentary health resources fair.

“I’m proud that we’re making a start to assist this population of students who need a little extra help,” said Junior Domingo, ECC Compton Center interim director of Student Development and Athletics. Domingo also serves as co-chair of the recently formed ECC Compton Center Homeless Student Task Force. “Anything we can do to help students and make them successful is what we constantly work toward. When they are successful we are successful.”

“I think the Homeless Task Force is doing a fantastic job,” said Keith Curry, ECC Compton Center Provost and CEO of the Compton Community College District. “We’ve started a conversation on how to serve these student populations and we’re getting new ideas out of this conversation. Our people are taking this conversation to a new level.”

The towel and soap service was the first project implemented under ECC Compton Center’s Homeless Student Initiative, which Curry started this academic year.

In a report on his recommendations to address homeless concerns at ECC Compton Center, Curry wrote that Los Angeles County officials estimate that in 2015 there were 46,874 homeless individuals on any given night, up nearly 6 percent from the previous year.

Domingo said ECC Compton Center ordered about 200 towels and a few hundred bars of soap, using money donated for the cause. He hopes that as word spreads – and as homeless students step forward to identify themselves – the number of students taking advantage of the free supplies will increase.

He also said the task force has started a process to reach out to homeless students and students in need to let them know about Financial Aid, Veterans’ assistance and much more that might be available to them. In addition, the task force is examining other ways it might help students, including providing free food through the cafeteria and directing homeless students to food banks, free meal programs and temporary housing.

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