Soup or safe sleep, whatever it takes

Patrick Wiggins used soup — a soup kitchen to me more precise. He also offered a safe place to spend the night during one of Harrisonburg’s many cold snaps last winter. All this and more Patrick did to improve the lives of the area’s homeless, a population that has grown significantly over the years. He did whatever it took.

For his efforts in organizing a week long homeless shelter that required the coordination of multiple community service agencies, local churches and more than a hundred volunteers, Patrick was awarded a $10,000 Pearson Prize for community service.

When Patrick graduated in 2011, he left his mark on JMU; he also left a lasting legacy in Harrisonburg. The 2011 biology graduate spent his years at Madison not only preparing for what he hopes will be medical school and a career as a physician, he did what many JMU students, staff and faculty do. Patrick got involved. In a big way.

That’s why we will soon be adding Patrick to our Be the Change website wall.

Read more about Patrick and see his award-winning video by going to JMU writer Eric Gorton’s story:


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