Would you pull an all-nighter for the homeless?

homelessRemember last winter when we asked this question?  The response was overwhelming and heartwarming.

Can we do it again?

Thanks to Aurora volunteers, 26 homeless individuals were guided to a safe harbor, provided access to community support resources, and rebuilt their lives.

Homelessness has many faces.  Right now, there are people, including families with children, living in abandoned buildings, cars, alleys, and other places not meant for human habitation.  These people need the help of our community, and the Point In Time (PIT) program is the perfect opportunity to help.

Racine County community organizations, along with volunteers, will “take to the streets” next week to provide information and outreach on community resources, offer shelter, and give care packages to this vulnerable population.  The Federal Department of Commerce, through its Housing and Urban Development division, attempts each year to determine the number of homeless not receiving services and the reasons they are living on the streets.

The Coalition is looking for volunteers to help reach out to the Racine County homeless on Wednesday, January 30 from 8:30 p.m. – midnight and Thursday, January 31 from 12 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.   Volunteers will go out in teams of three, for three hour shifts, with an experienced person serving as team captain.  for each group.

The first half hour of each shift involves safety training and hints, clues, and tips on finding people in need.  The teams take along water and backpacks filled with supplies and blankets to hand out to anyone in need.

The Homeless Assistance Coalition of Racine County includes organizations like HALO, Women’s Resource Center, Bethany House, Vet’s Place, Safe Haven, HOPES Center, Legal Action, Racine Vocational Ministries, UW Extension, Workforce Development Center, and many other groups that attempt to help the homeless to regain self-sufficiency.

If you would be willing to help, please contact:  Michael Johnston 1-414-219-4769 or e-mail (Michael.johnston@aurora.org).

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