1st Student's Major

Urban and Regional Studies

1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Kristi Wibben is a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is majoring in Urban and Regional Studies and Speech Communications. During the fall semester of 2001, Kristi enrolled in a course called Community Based Problem Solving. This is an Urban and Regional Studies course that encourages students to engage in Service Learning. The purpose of the course is to identify a need in the community and to do sufficient research on alleviating the problem. This study evolved from that course and was done under the direction of Dr. Janet Cherrington.

Mentor's Name

Janet Cherrington-Curcore

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Urban and Regional Studies

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


This project examines the power of college students to positively sensitize their host community’s residents to the problem of homelessness and to implement “Project Close at Hand”, a project that focuses on breaking down the stereotypes associated with homelessness and collecting donations sufficient to save a local men’s homeless shelter from closing.

Creative Commons License

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