University Heights, OH – Bryan Mauk, a May 2008 John Carroll University graduate, is the recipient of the 2008 William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose, which includes a $40,000 cash grant. Bryan will utilize the cash award to fund his recently established Metanoia Project, with the goal of helping the homeless and opening a drop-in shelter.
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute established the William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose to support college seniors who are dedicated to pursuing lives that will benefit their fellow men and women.
Bryan is the recipient of numerous honors for his exemplary commitment to community service, including the 2007 Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award and the 2007 North East Ohio Coalition for the Homeless for his work in developing an overnight drop-in center.
About The Metanoia Project
Metanoia is a Greek word that means “a reversal in thinking.” Bryan plans to buy homes in foreclosure, starting in June 2008. He will enlist the assistance of the homeless to renovate and sell these homes. Profits will be used to provide aid for the homeless and fund a Metanoia Project drop-in shelter.
The Metanoia Project is the outgrowth of Bryan’s successful homeless outreach efforts while he was a student at John Carroll. The new graduate is the founder the university’s St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry, which serves the homeless on the streets of Cleveland. Students, faculty, and staff prepare hot meals and collect items such as clothing, blankets, topical medicines, and reading materials for Cleveland’s homeless. Approximately 120 people living on the city’s streets are served by the Labre Ministry each week. This ministry continues on the John Carroll campus.