NATCHEZ – On Friday, November 15, Co-Lin Natchez will host the first annual Sleep Out to bring awareness to the challenges of the homeless in our area. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. a makeshift homeless camp will be recreated by participants to raise awareness of homelessness in our community.
In January 2014, a homeless survey will take place in our area allowing local officials to collect data regarding the homeless population in the Miss-Lou. The plans for the survey drew the attention of student organizations, faculty, and staff at Co-Lin who have been inspired to help raise community awareness with the Sleep Out event.
If you are interested in participating in this event or making a donation, contact Erin Delaney at 601-446-1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sleep Out is in conjunction with the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. Each participating team will receive common materials to use for shelter and will briefly experience the struggles of homelessness. Supper will be provided by Co-Lin staff and guest speakers will be talking to the group about how homelessness affects the community, advocacy to end homelessness, and dispelling the myths of homelessness.