DSU Student Homeless For Organization
by Jill Johnson
December 10, 2013 3:56 PM
How far would you go to reach your goals?
A lot of people go to great lengths to grow their business, but nothing like one Dakota State University is doing. To raise awareness and grow his non-profit organization, he's literally sacrificing it all.
Walking around Dakota State University, Aris Nance looks like any other college student. That is, until you look down at the baggage he's carrying, then your perception begins to change.
Nance said, "I wanted to do something meaningful. I wanted to do something in college rather than just be a student."
Aris is not only a student, but he's also homeless; not because he has to be, but because he chooses to be.
"I have a normal day as any normal student would. About 7:30 to 8 that's when I start game planning to where I'm going to be tonight when the weather starts getting bad," said Nance.
Aris spends his days in class and hanging around the student union, but his nights are much different.
He does what a homeless person normally would. He walks Madison's streets, sleeping wherever he can find shelter.
In a self made video Nance said, "I actually found a pretty good spot for today. It's ideal. I'm actually in here for some dumpsters."
He documents his journey along the way.
In another video he said, "I have dinner. It is Chunky Potato and Bits. I don't know what 'bits' are. I hope it's good. It is a pop top so all I had to do is pull it off."
Everything Aris has to survive has been donated to him, like his sleeping bag. He basically gets into three layers, zips it up and hopes it keeps him warm throughout the night."
But Aris' struggle doesn't come without a cause. He says he will stay out in the cold until he raises $12,000 for his non-profit organization known as SHEO or 'Someone Helps Everyone'.
The organization puts together survival kits for those that need the help. The kits only provide short term help, but as Aris knows from experience, they go a long way when you have nothing at all.
Nance said, "I'm committed to sticking to this mission until this goal is met."
The kits cost around $20 dollars to make. They're then sent to other non-profit organizations who help those in need. After eight nights, Aris has raised $500, that means $11,500 to go until he reaches his goal and he gets to stay inside for good.
to donate to SHEO for survival kits. To follow Aris' progress on his Facebook Page 'Ares Making Changes' click here