|Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:21|
Friday, November 8, 2013
Mary Bertram Siouxland Coalition to End Homelessness
Cindy Wood Founders, Siouxland Sleep-Out
Willie Delfs 2013 Sleep-Out Event Planners
Many of the planners of the 2013 Siouxland Sleep-Out event will gather at the City Manager press conference on October 30th to provide highlights of the upcoming event at Lewis and Clark Park (Explorer Stadium).
The ninth consecutive annual event is set for Friday, November 8th, with about 200 eager community volunteers ready to spend the night in tents, boxes and other venues not usually suitable for the expected frigid conditions. In addition to those committed to stay outside, others are welcome to join in the pre-sleep activities, which are scheduled to begin with a “soup line” at 5:00 pm. Large gathering tents and fire pits will be available to allow some break from the weather. One tent will house a silent auction consisting of over 50 tempting gift baskets. Friendly conversation and music, including drums, guitars and songs will provide some fun distractions. The creative types will be housed in shelters decorated for the annual design competition.
The Siouxland Sleep-Out, of course, raises awareness for those in the community who lack suitable housing at any given time. Funding comes to the mission through corporate sponsors and through hundreds of individuals who show support by gifting through the participants. All event proceeds remain with agencies in Siouxland providing shelter and support to the homeless among us. As an all-volunteer mission, the overhead is very minor.
The Mental Health Association of Siouxland began the event in 2005 as a means of funding the efforts of Henry Muller Hall and Shesler Hall, each housing those with special needs. During the intervening years, participating agencies have grown to include many aligned with the Siouxland Coalition to End Homelessness. These agencies include Community Action Agency of Siouxland, Center for Siouxland, Community Support Services, CSADV and The Gospel Mission.
The Siouxland community continues to serve many individuals and families who are challenged by a variety of setbacks. Lack of affordable housing, economic hardships and behavioral health issues are a few of the identified causes of homelessness.
Those wanting to become involved in the Sleep-Out can register and/or donate on our website – www.siouxlandsleepout.org.