CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — An organization which gives shelter to the homeless is now giving them a part-time job. C-U at home is calling it C-U at Work.
Every Wednesday morning, they’ve been going around town doing beautification projects. They picked up trash on Green Street. Organizers say it’s changing lives and changing people’s perceptions.
“They go around and they’re doing beautification projects and making the city cleaner,” said Champaign township supervisor Andy Quarnstrom. “They’re making money. Improves dignity, changes the stigma for the homeless, and so it’s been a great program.”
“I’d say if you don’t try it, you don’t know what you’re missing. You’re missing out,” said participant Richard Jacobs. “It’s helping the environment, making the town look nice and stuff like that.”
The participants make $10/hour, plus they get lunch at the end. If they need it, the program also provides case management services.