Over the last nine months, Kelly Golden and members of the Regis community have worked tirelessly to create the Hospitality Center. Golden is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs as well as the Chief Conduct Officer at Regis. You can find the Hospitality Center in a private room at the rear of the Regis Chapel. The Hospitality Center offers students certain essentials, such as food, toiletries, and other necessities.
Kelly Golden commented on why she decided to begin such a wonderful program. “I had begun to read a lot of articles about the issue of student hunger on college campuses and what a huge issue it is nationwide. While I initially thought that the issue could not affect our students as most are on the meal plan, I took a closer look and realized how many of our students (and faculty and staff) were struggling. This included struggling to pay for their education and other bills as well as to support their families. Furthermore, in my role as Chief Conduct Officer, I had met with students who were taking food from the dining hall because they were hungry and didn’t know what else to do. I never want a student to feel like they have to break the rules because they are without basic necessities.”
The Hospitality Center is working with the Dear Neighbor Fund in order to have the most up-to-date necessities for students. Through the Dear Neighbor Fund, students can request items and they will be able to work with the staff at the Hospitality Center to get exactly what they need.
Kelly Golden also recommends some items for donation. “We will always need any sort of food donations or toiletries. Right now we also could benefit from paper bags or reusable bags for people to take items in a discrete manner. And of course, monetary donations allow us to supplement these items with fresh produce.”
The amazing work that Golden has done with the Hospitality Center has finally come to fruition as more students begin to use the Hospitality Center’s services as well as students and faculty volunteering to keep the Center running. However, it is our job to spread the word about the Hospitality Center for our fellow classmates and friends who might need the services it provides, but don’t know about it yet. We must continue to support this fantastic service in any way we can, whether it be through volunteering, donating, or simply telling others about it. We must help those in our community who need it most.
Photograph: Courtesy of Kelly Golden.