NIC in the News: Students advocate for mobile charging station for Campbell River homeless

NIC Human Services students Kas Naicker, Trevor Cardinell and Kristi Inman are advocating for a mobile charging station with Wi-Fi to serve Campbell River's homeless population.

In a story by My Campbell River Now, Naicker discusses what led her and her classmates to pursue the project.

Here's a short excerpt from the story:

In a letter presented to council on Monday (Feb. 22nd), Naicker says the project has pushed her group to address “the lack of resources for the homeless community in Campbell River.”

“There are several homeless camps throughout the city, but we have seen a trend of homeless people congregating in areas with access to electricity like the library in the downtown core,” Naicker wrote. “The vast majority of them have cellphones but nowhere to charge them.”

According to Naicker, this really “struck a chord.”

She says the more her group thought about it, the more it made sense: “Our phones are the basis for connecting us to all of our resources and loved ones, why would it be different for someone without a permanent shelter over their head?”

Read the full story to learn more.

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