The Home Participates in National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
For the first time ever, the Children’s Attention Home participated in National Hunger & Homelessness Week, recognized November 10th through the 18th this year. Because the Home now has the Crossroads (homeless teen) Program, it is more important than ever that we join the fight against hunger and homelessness right here in our own community.
On last Wednesday night, our Community Resource Director, Katy Motsinger and our Outreach Coordinator, DeVonté Walker volunteered to serve in role-playing positions at a poverty simulation put on by Winthrop University’s Office of Career & Civic Engagement and the Catawba Area Coalition for the Homeless (CACH). Katy says “It was an incredible event, and truly eye-opening. It was a reminder that oftentimes people lack information about the resources available to them and that we have to continue to stay in front of the community to let them know that we (with Crossroads) are also a resource.”
The following day, we hosted our own screening of The Homestretch, a documentary following three homeless teens living in Chicago. Not only was this event a free continuation of our community education initiative, but it was also the perfect chance to raise awareness about the things homeless and unaccompanied youth face every day. The film was followed by discussion relating it to York County data and the Crossroads Program at the Home.
For more information about youth homelessness in our area, Crossroads, or our community education events please feel free to contact DeVonté Walker, Outreach Coordinator, at 803-372-6844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.