Hunger and Homelessness event to raise awareness

Safe Haven joins partners seeking to put a face to a misunderstood problem


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  • A special focus this year is homelessness among veterans



DEMOGRAPHICS OF HOMELESS VETERANS

11 percent of the homeless adult population are veterans
20 percent of the male homeless population are veterans
68 percent reside in principal cities
32 percent reside in suburban/rural areas
51 percent of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
50 percent have serious mental illness
70 percent have substance abuse problems
57 percent are white males, compared to 38 percent of non-veterans
50 percent are age 51 or older, compared to 19 percent non-veterans
Source: National Coaltion for Homeless Veterans: nchv.org

— The third annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Jen Murphy Fitness Studio, 113 West Harford St, Milford.

Calling All Angels Mission welcomes Safe Haven of Pike County to Milford by co-hosting the event. Calling All Angels partners with local charitable organizations, churches, and government agencies in Pike County "to make sure we reduce, and one day eliminate, the homelessness and food insecurity of our friends and neighbors in Pike County and the surrounding areas," said Charles Reynolds of the mission.

Among these partnerships is a relationship with the Safe Haven Pike County. The mission will once again partner with the Ecumenical Food Pantry, the Pike County Humane Society and Pike County Hands of Hope.

"As a community, we are always looking at the human faces of hunger and homelessness," said Reynolds. "One of the populations that is hard to put a face to is those who suffer from abuse, in its many forms. Mostly because of the fear involved in being public about this troubling issue.

"We help where we can and offer Safe Haven assistance in their mission. In the past, one or two of our 'stories' shared at the event come from these people who find they can no longer stay in their home or environment. In those instances, the names are changed but the situations are real."

Music, food, storiesThere will be music performed by Joe Craig, Mark Ferguson, Lenny Miller, and Olivia Zinn, and possibly one or two others.

The mission is looking for local businesses to donate some of the food, snacks, and beverages. Last year, the mission supplied all the food for the evening.

A tricky tray will use items set aside in the mission's thrift shop and those donated by partners, local businesses, and individuals. Tickets will sell for $5 and $1 each.

There will be speakers, stories, and a frank discussion on how to recognize and combat the homelessness and food insecurity facing the nation, state, and communities. This year the focus will be on homelessness among veterans.

Tickets will be available at the door. The suggested donation of $10.

"We are more interested in getting information out there," said Reynolds. "But cash donations allow us all to continue the work of our missions. \If someone cannot afford the $10, we do not want this to keep them from coming.”

Donations for the organizations will be collected at the event, such as a bag of clothes, a box of food, including pet food (not expired), gift cards, and blankets.

"The more people understand the situations their neighbors face, that the 'face' of hunger and homelessness has changed," said Reynolds. "In order to find solutions to these tragic situations people in our communities face, we need to understand the 'why.'”

For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, call 570-409-6055 or email callingallangelsmission@gmail.com. Or stop by the mission's thrift shop at 214 East Harford St., Milford.


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