‘Genuinely, forever grateful,' Kennesaw State students reflect on help provided by CARE Services


KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 4, 2022) — Students on college campuses across the country are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity and the foster care system. These barriers have grown larger throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At Kennesaw State University, Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services support these students by providing access to food, temporary housing and other supportive services.

CARE Services recently celebrated its 10th year at KSU and serves as a model for universities across the country. In addition to food pantries on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses, students can join the ASCEND program, which includes workshops, peer mentorship, case management and housing for homeless students.

“They really helped get me to where I am today,” KSU student Luke Badger said about staff members at CARE Services. “I am genuinely, forever grateful for all the help they have given me.”

Watch the video below to hear from some of our students and the staff members who have been instrumental in their success.

– Abbey O’Brien Barrows, Matthew O’Neill, Kyle Dawson, Sophie Schohan

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu