Depaul USA is working to end college homelessness through the Dax Program. The Dax Program assists homeless and housing insecure students at St. John’s University in New York City.
The Dax Program addresses students’ immediate crises of homelessness by providing stable and safe housing. The Dax Program provides students with various services that support a successful path toward the continuation and completion of their studies. These include:
- Case management
- Counseling referrals
- Food stipends
- Textbook assistance
- Educational reimbursements
Dax House Participation Requirements
- Be currently enrolled at St. John’s University
- Working a minimum of ten hours per week
- Pay $150 in monthly rent
- Adhere to the Dax House guidelines
Meet Isabella, St. John’s University Dax student
To whom it may concern:
My name is Isabella, and I am one of the Dax Dalny Residents. I’ve only been here a few months, but it has been a great few months considering everything I have going on. I come from a very large family of immigrants and being away from them was one of the hardest things I had to do, but sometimes life happens. I am one of seven children. I have five sisters and a brother and due to unfortunate events, I live here now. Dax has supported me mentally and physically and I am most thankful. To name a few, they give me Aldi gift cards when I don’t have enough money to feed myself most weeks. They host a lot of community events, which keep me less lonely since I am so used to being surrounded by a lot of people. Even though some events are mandatory, they don’t make it feel forceful. I genuinely think everyone wants to hang out together. They also supply people to talk to like Princess, Shantel, or even Nikeisha. I struggle with borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety. I’ve lived with it for years, but the program helps because they see past my illnesses and still treat me like they would anyone. I’m ashamed because my illnesses limit me but people like Nikeisha always boost me up. I haven’t spent a lot of time in NYC, but I do really enjoy it here. I don’t get out much, but when I do, I love to eat. There’s a Chinese place around the corner that I absolutely love!!!!! It’s called China King if you ever want to try. It’s also convenient that CVS is around the corner too, so it’s not a hassle to pick up my medications. The F train is also around the corner, which makes getting into the city easier. I volunteer at a hospital, so I need to travel once a week and it’s right there. I’m a biology major and a sociology minor at St. John’s University and I’m striving to become a doctor. My mom’s a sonographer, but I believe if she had better resources, she could’ve been a doctor too. I love science, so if the doctor thing doesn’t work out, I would be tucked away in a lab. I watch National Geographic in my free time or read books on women in space. Everyone says they want to be a doctor to help people, which is true but it’s too general. I do service for St. Vincent DePaul at school, and they focus on social justice, and I find it so inspiring. I want to go into Migrant Medicine. Travel the world and treat the misfortunate who don’t have access to healthcare. I dream big I know, but everyone has a purpose and I think that one’s mine. I actually just submitted an application to a medical school which is exciting. I was so nervous, but Nikeisha convinced me to press submit. I’m only a sophomore, but it’s a program that ensures your spot after undergraduate. It might be a longshot, but I hope you keep me in your prayers!! I hope I didn’t bore you, but I wanted to thank you all for listening to my story. It means an awful lot to me.
May God bless you and your families.