Martinez said he once had friends who were homeless and he had been struck by how they “weren’t like the stereotypical homeless person you might think. They were people like us, with situations’’ that resulted in them losing a place to live. He said that impression was reinforced by his interaction with residents at Lifebridge.
“I thought it was a good experience,” he said.
Melissa Genest, 19, who is from Lancaster and plans to major in communications, said, “I loved the class. Just . . . helping out in the kitchen was a really good experience. We got to know some of the clients there,” adding that the students also learned a lot by working with the residents on the potential changes.
Perry Robinson, 52, one of the Lifebridge residents who participated in the project, also enjoyed the experience.
“The best part was working with the kids, the whole collaboration. The teachers were great, too. We got to learn about food. It was awesome.”