The Homeless Outreach and Relief [THOR] Project is the only on-campus organization that works to build a connection between the St. Olaf community and the homeless populations of Northfield and the greater Twin Cities area. By collecting and distributing toiletries, THOR hopes to provide necessities while also raising awareness of homelessness in the community. Since the fall of 2014, THOR has organized numerous toiletry drives and has collected a total of more than 1,000 pounds of toiletry items to date! In addition to the toiletry collection drives THOR also works to partner with a number of other on-campus organizations in co-hosting speakers and events to talk about issues pertaining to homelessness. The events are intended to provide objective information aimed at helping others overcome stereotypes and misconceptions of homeless individuals. Overall, THOR works to humanize the experiences of homeless individuals, foster feelings of empathy and acceptance amongst students, and encourage them to support public policies and social service organizations that serve and advocate on behalf of this vulnerable population.
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