North Park University founded charity for the homeless


Individuals who attend Christian colleges are often prepared for careers in nonprofit work. Graduates of schools such as North Park University in Chicago, which is associated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, are helping people through service.

For example, Tricia Lapitan, who graduated from the university in 1992, founded the charity Heroes for the Homeless. According to the school, the organization distributes food, drinking water, clothing and outdoor survival supplies to homeless individuals in King County, Washington.

"After reading hundreds of police reports as part of my job in the criminal justice system, I found that the number one thing people steal in Seattle is food," said Lapitan, who is a lawyer in addition to being the executive director of the charity.

Heroes for the Homeless serves more than 700 people per month. Over the past few years, the organization has provided "more than 27,150 sandwiches, 17,288 cups of hot chocolate, 15,577 bananas, 9,516 hard boiled eggs, 8,825 bottles of water, 5,217 pairs of socks and 2,816 hygiene kits" to needy individuals, the school reports.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of professionals in nonprofit organizations is projected to increase by 14 percent over the next several years.

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