Drawing on detailed field notes from a single night at the shelter, Seider opens the book with a vivid chronological description of what happens between the arrival of the first Harvard volunteer at p. These volunteers, when they could be studying at the library or sleeping in their warm beds, are busy cooking and serving meals, washing dirty laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and occasionally settling disputes.
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Yet the homeless are by no means the only parties that benefits from this encounter. Told in three sections focusing on the impact the shelter has — on its guests, the student volunteers, and society — Shelter is both educational and emotionally moving, a blend of statistics and stories. Through nearly pages, Seider takes special care to highlight the symbiotic nature of this unique encounter, providing countless examples of positive transformations both for the homeless and for the volunteers.
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Further Reading:. Intended to increase dialogue about homelessness; especially good for book-club discussions.
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