February 2015, Volume 19, Number 1



A Touching Tribute to the Homeless

As it does each fall, MDC’s North Campus commemorated Homeless Awareness Day. Presented in conjunction with International Education Month, the event featured keynote speaker Dr. Pedro José “Joe” Greer Jr., who discussed the needs of the homeless in the community and shared his experiences advocating for those who are homeless. Adding visual depth to the words of Greer, artist Roberta Brown Shader unveiled her paintings on the same theme.

Greer is the founder of the Camillus Health Concern and the St. John Bosco Clinic, both local nonprofit organizations that deliver health care to thousands of homeless people in South Florida. Over the past 15 years, he also has been actively involved in mentoring MDC North Campus students in various academic and community projects regarding the homeless.

Widely known as the “Doctor to the Homeless,” Greer has received many local, state and national awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant in 1993 and the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Barack Obama. He is also the author of Waking Up in America, his compelling autobiography, copies of which he signed for those in attendance.

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