House Calls program revised for pandemic times

Just over 600 first-year students received a friendly phone call or online chat as part of U of G’s House Calls program, which was modified due to the ongoing global pandemic.

Run by U of G’s Student Housing Services, the unique program begun in 2016 involves staff, faculty and student-staff volunteers who typically pay door-to-door visits to new students in campus residences. They check in to see how students are doing and to share resources.

Under COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s program happened online and over the phone and involved residence students as well as first-year students connected online through the Gryphons Nest program run by Student Affairs.

About 112 volunteers signed up for House Calls.

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