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Benedictine and Local Groups Build 30 Beds for Kids With No Place to Sleep

Sixty new places for kids to sleep thanks to community groups that came out to assist Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, on April 13.

The Atchison Globe newspaper in Atchison Kansas featured a remarkable event on its front page reporting that “Over 50 volunteers and members worked throughout the day cutting, sanding, and constructing the beds as well as delivering them straight to the doors of the families who requested them.”

It was all part of the Sleep in Heavenly Peace Benedictine Chapter Bunk Bed Build Day at Atchison’s cultural center. Build teams “successfully completed the construction of 30 bunk beds for children in the local community, six more than originally planned,” reported the paper.

The article quoted Maria Clarke, a sophomore at Benedictine. “It’s really impactful when you go to a delivery, and you just see the living situation that people are living in,” Clarke said. “It opens your eyes to how good of a life we have. So just being able to see how you’re helping other people and give them a comfortable place to sleep is really cool.”

Clarke (pictured with faculty sponsor, Benedictine engineering’s Dr. Patrick O’Malley) is president of Benedictine’s Sleep in Heavenly Peace group. She helped organize the event with local groups, and posted on Facebook: “Thank you the Thrivent members who supported our bed build on Saturday through their Action Teams to the tune of $860 in lumber from Carrigan Lumber Company.”

The Cultural Center offered the space in front of their center for the build day. Christy Harris of the Cultural Center told the Globe, “Community art is a perfect platform to build awareness for the needs of the community. … So, when you combine those things together you create an environment where you can make a true difference in your community.”

Stephen D. Minnis, President of Benedictine College, said this kind of project is included in what the college has in mind with its new strategic vision to Transform Culture in America through the college’s mission of community, faith and scholarship.

“We don’t just want to Transform Culture in America. We also want to Transform Culture in Atchison, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a great way to do that,” he said. “It is great to see the college making an impact on our hometown.”


Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.