Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Throughout this project, I've talked a lot about what one organization or another does to eliminate homelessness.

Now it's your turn.

While this entry won't contain any facts or statistics, I hope you find it the most inspiring one so far.  What this blog contains that the others haven't is the chance for you specifically to make a profound difference and experience at least a piece of what it would be like to be homeless.

On April 21st, 2017, I will be hosting a Homelessness Awareness Lock-in on the football field at Union High School.  While we are opening up sign-ups first to Union High School students and Union RXI District staff, the plan is for this to be a community event, open to community organizations and groups.

But, of course, the main thing you need to know is what's going to happen once we get there: the main focus of the night is a surprise activity (so I can't tell you yet!), but trust me--it will be eyeopening.  It will be a night full of experiences that are not available anywhere else in our area.  My hope is to create a night full of keynote speakers, service projects, raffle prizes, a soup kitchen, and much more.  And, to tie in the information we've built up over the past month or two, there will be booths for some of the organizations that prevent homelessness, giving you the chance to see exactly what they stand for and how you can help.

And then, participants will sleep overnight on the football field to experience for one night what it is like to sleep without shelter.  While we could never know exactly what it is like to be homeless without truly experiencing it, the goal of the night is to raise awareness about their situation in a hands-on way, and to raise funds and supplies for organizations who fight homelessness.

As a final fundraiser to support these organizations (and for those who aren't too keen on sleeping on the football field), the plan is to open up the cafeteria to the public for a benefit breakfast April 22nd.

Please note that all of this is just in the planning stages right now.  Nothing (other than the date) is totally set in stone, so I will keep everyone updated as new information arrives.  I will also let you know when it comes time to sign-up, so keep checking in!!  This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many--if not all--involved, and I hope you will all sign up to participate.  If you have any questions or are interested in helping in any way, feel free to comment or contact me!  This is our chance to do something that has never been done in our area before, and I thank you all in advance for the support you will provide to our community.

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