Raise Awareness. Raise Money. Help the Homeless in Your Community
Did you know that last year nearly 5,000 individuals used emergency shelters and transitional housing programs in Linn County, and, more than half of those people were children?
The public is invited to participate in the annual Sleep Out for the Homeless event in Cedar Rapids during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The Sleep Out isn’t about giving participants “a taste” of what it is like to be homeless, although some leave with a tiny glimpse of how challenging such a situation can be. There is no way that a single night, regardless of how cold or wet, can replicate the helplessness and personal pain of truly being homeless. The event is about raising awareness of the problem and its sources. It is about raising a few dollars to help out. This is about making our community better for all of us.
Sleep Out for the Homeless Event
To help support the efforts of local homeless shelters and transitional housing programs, the 10th Annual Sleep Out will be held on November 7—8 2015 on the concourse of the Veterans Memorial (Cedar Rapids Kernels) Stadium. The event will run from 3pm on Saturday to 6am on Sunday.
Participants construct makeshift shelters out of cardboard that is provided. New this year- participants are also welcome to bring a tent from home (no stakes please). Those sleeping out should dress appropriately for the weather and bring sleeping bags or blankets as needed. Unlike those actually experiencing homelessness, we will have access to indoor restrooms and warming stations. Security will be on site. Hot soup, snacks and beverages are donated by local partners.
Agencies Benefiting from Dollars Raised from the Sleep Out
ASAC is one of the agencies benefiting from the dollars raised during the Linn County Sleep Out. ASAC’s share of the donations will go to our two transitional housing programs, Adult Halfway House and Heart of Iowa Halfway House.
How to Participate
Go to www.sleepoutforhomeless.org/ to sign up on-line. It costs just $10 per participant for a night of great fun and education. You can form a team yourself or we invite you to join ASAC’s team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you cannot, or do not, want to sleep out, you can also support the event by going to the Sleep Out website and making a donation.