JMU students propose idea to better help homeless population

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Students at James Madison University are coming up with ways to better help the homeless population.

A shipping container is usually known for transporting items but, now one is serving as a tool to help treat the homeless population.

"It's basically like a mobile doctors office. So that's bringing it to people who need medical care," said JMU senior, Lindsey McLucas.

Students from JMU's X-lab class, called "Community Innovation," gave their presentation Tuesday right from inside the shipping container. The container is an idea the student came up with for the Suitcase Clinic, which helps those without a home.

"The Suitcase Clinic helps provide health care for the homeless here in Harrisonburg, Virginia and we're looking at options to expand their services," said JMU sophomore, Sophia Kaleem.

With the shipping container being one of those options, they can be placed throughout the city as a place people could come inside and get health care treatment.

For the students, it means something special.

"The work that we have put in is actually going somewhere," said Kaleem. "We know that it's going to help the Suitcase Clinic expand their services and go to the next level."

"It's really amazing to see the suitcase clinic move forward with something that, we had a part in," added McLucas. "And I don't mean to say that like I need recognition or anything, but just having the knowledge that I got to be a part of something that's going to make a difference in people's lives."

The Suitcase Clinic will now choose if they like the idea, before figuring out funding costs and where to place the containers.