University of Minnesota Crookston students got up close and personal with homelessness in a variety of ways Friday.

    University of Minnesota Crookston students got up close and personal with homelessness in a variety of ways Friday.   

    Led by Lisa Loegering of the UMC Office of Community Engagement, the students first ventured to the Care and Share Center, where they ate a spaghetti meal and apple crisp – prepared by the Crookston Catholic Daughters chapter – with residents. Then the students went to 101 South Broadway, where they visited the “Homeless is My Address...not My Name” audio/photo exhibit hosted by the Care and Share.   

    The exhibit, developed by Margaret Miles, was displayed from Sept. 26-29 and will be displayed again at that location from Oct. 2-5. It’s open from 1 to 5 p.m. with extended hours for groups by appointment. Call 281-2644.   

    The exhibit offers pictures and stories collected from people who have experienced homelessness in Minnesota. Selected photos in the  national traveling exhibit include a phone number that visitors can call to hear the person tell his or her own powerful story. Visitors can learn more at oralhistoryofhomelessness.org and then bring a cell phone to experience the intensity of the story via multi-sensory media.   

    After visiting the exhibit, the students went back to campus for a small bonfire near the gazebo on the campus mall. There, they heard some stories told by Care and Share residents themselves.   

    “It was a pretty powerful experience,” Loegering said.   

    Then the students had to face homelessness themselves by trying to find a place outside somewhere on campus where they could spend the night, and then they had to prepare the space they picked.   

    The evening wrapped up with a reflection activity.