Collaborating to end homelessness


Homelessness is a systemic problem without a single solution. The Human Services Campus honors individual experiences with homelessness by providing a collaborative network of distributed expertise that centers humanity and dignity, providing individuals with the agency to decide on their plan for housing in a supportive and non-judgemental manner. Compassion, empathy and resilience are modeled by the people who work on campus, many of whom have experienced homelessness themselves. They also serve as exemplars of hope and humility. Clients are provided with the autonomy to pursue their course of action with the support and guidance of these humanitarian leaders. Once clients are in permanent housing, they often find the desire to extend the same generosity, empathy and care they received to others. 

Reflection questions

  1. Which practices of Principled Innovation are apparent in this story?
  2. How is the work taking place at the Human Services Campus moral work?
  3. How does exhibiting care and compassion motivate others to embrace a service orientation? 
  4. What learning opportunities are present in this story for education and educators?
  5. How do you think the model at the HSC contributes to a flourishing civil society?
  6. What commonalities exist between the work happening at HSC and the story about MLFTC redesigning education?