Beyond the Classroom: How Universities Are Serving the Midlands

Columbia is not only South Carolina’s capital city, but it is also home to many colleges and universities! From Benedict College to the University of South Carolina, these institutions bring students from all over and become their “home away from home.”


Several University of South Carolina’s Greek-life organizations partner with us regularly by volunteering to serve meals, work at our events, and create holiday gift baskets for our guests. These students are filled with joy and gratitude at the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves.


We recently had a business class from University of South Carolina create marketing plans for The Roastery at Oliver Gospel. Additionally, a group from Howard University drove down all the way from Washington D.C. to serve our community over their spring break.


Our staff and residents love having students around. Their energy and innovation bring life to our organization, and it is a chance to teach college students about homelessness and their real and lasting impact right here, even if this is just their “home away from home.”


On behalf of all the staff and residents at Oliver Gospel, we want to specifically thank Howard University, the marketing class at the University of South Carolina, and the sororities and fraternities across the Midlands who faithfully serve us. Thank you!



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