At 21, Miriam Haregot, a resident of Los Angeles, decided she wanted to make a difference on her birthday by renovating and opening a homeless shelter.
Haregot told Fox11, “It feels good to be able to provide people a sense of humanity because the world just lacks it, you know, so much so. It’s good to be the change you want to see.”
The young changemaker told the outlet that she established the People Advocating Community Kinship Project (P.A.C.K.) after the shelter renovation.
She explained, “We are a bunch of entrepreneurs, creatives, young kids from South Central. Our mission is to provide the houseless and at-promise kids with food, housing, and educational programs.”
Her team goes to Skid Row to serve hot meals to the homeless, which they call “Feed the Homies.”
Haregot, who is a daughter of Eritrean immigrant parents named Eden and Kesete Haregot, grew up in Eritrea before leaving for the U.S. with her mother at the age of six without speaking or knowing any English. But she proved to be a fast learner, and by age nine, she was already speaking fluent English with advanced communication skills, her bio says. She eventually graduated from Cal State LA in 2021, majoring in business.