Kathryn Doyle has learned a lot from the men and women in Baltimore who find themselves homeless. One of her first introductions to homelessness in Baltimore was when she traveled with the Loyola University of Maryland’s Care-a-Van to offer food, drink, and conversation to those in need.
During her participation in the Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape program, Kathryn reflected on her own more privileged experience compared to the reality of not having a home and being hungry. This led her to help organize and participate in the “A Bench is Not a Bed” Sleep-Out in front of Baltimore City Hall in November. The sleep-out brought together 200 students, advocates, residents, and people experiencing homelessness. That evening, Kathryn distributed sleeping bags to people experiencing homelessness and learned what it was like to be homeless, why homelessness exists and persists, and what she can do to advocate for change.