Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery
"Home Appreciation Night"
November 9th in Sioux City
This will be the eighth year for the Siouxland Sleep-Out at Lewis and Clark Park, home of the Explorers. It is a chance for the entire Siouxland community to come together and raise awareness for those families, individuals and children who do not have suitable housing.
The group also raises funding for charitable agencies who reach out to those folks in need, provide supportive services and locate permanent housing. Many choose to spend the night at the ballpark in tents and boxes. Depending on weather and other factors, this really can provide a hint of how homelessness feels. It is fair to say that almost all of those participating really appreciate the value of "home."
Willie Delfs, manager of the event, is making a special request this year for involvement from the rural community. Groups from area churches, schools and other organizations have found the event very meaningful. Activities are planned, such as a shelter decorating contest, relevant movies, soup line and fire pit conversations. Of course, individuals and families are encouraged to attend.
Please make plans to attend. Spending the night is encouraged and memorable, but optional. Reach us at (712)255-1691 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The event web site is www.siouxlandsleepout.org.
(CONTACT: Mike Wood, 712-234-1040)