DOBSON — Dr. Dawn Worley’s students in her Introduction to Business class at Surry Community College recently had a lesson in social responsibility, which lead to their helping The Shepherd’s House, a local homeless shelter for women and families located in Mount Airy.
The students began their lesson by investigating the social responsibility efforts of individual corporations. Worley then asked the students the following set of questions: “If you could give back to society through your own social responsibility efforts, what would you do? What would you change? How might you do it?”
An overwhelming number of the students agreed that they would work to eradicate poverty and homelessness in the area. Many of the students noted that they didn’t think they could do these things until they earned enough money. Worley assured them they could start small and give back to a local charity. All of the students indicated they wished to participate in such a project.
As a result, Worley obtained a needs list from The Shepherd’s House for students to purchase. She says, “I am extremely proud of the efforts of this class. They have given freely and fully of themselves, which is a priceless gift to others. Social responsibility begins at home.”
The students presented the items to The Shepherd’s House on Nov. 23. Mary Boyles, executive director; Leslie Moore, shelter manager; and Gayle McCray, a client, came to the college to receive the items and tell the class about the shelter’s mission.
Boyles informed the group that the shelter had served over 110,000 meals since the shelter opened its doors 10 years ago. McCray then shared her inspirational story with the students. She explained that every choice has a consequence and encouraged the students to make the right choices for their future. She went on to tell the class that The Shepherd’s House helped to transform her life. She went from being homeless and eating out of garbage cans in Winston-Salem to becoming a self-sufficient person. Last winter, McCray slept in the snow with nothing but a plastic bag to separate her from the elements. She now has a safe place to stay and a warm bed in which to sleep.
Boyles concluded the presentation by thanking the class for their generosity and reminded students that it was always wise to treat others the way you want to be treated.