Leadership Niagara to host 'Homeless for a Night'by Christian Hoffman
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - On Friday, October 17 and 18, Leadership Niagara's Class of 2014 will host "Homeless for a Night," an overnight event aimed to raise awareness of homelessness and poverty in Niagara County.
Located at the Park Place Market, 630 Main Street Niagara Falls, the event is open to the public from 6-10 p.m. to take part in discussions structured to encourage thought and action to address poverty in our community.
Speakers will include:
- Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster;
- Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., D.Min., President, Niagara University;
- Sam Magavern, Co-Director, Partnership for the Public Good;
- Dr. David Taylor, Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Niagara University;
- Sr. Beth Brosmer, Director, Heart, Love, & Soul Food Pantry;
- Robyn Krueger, Executive Director, Community Missions, Inc.
The evening will also include a Leisure Accents picnic table set raffle, donated by Confer Plastics; a light dinner prepared by Community Missions' cook Jimmie Walker, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches donated by Wegmans, and a non-perishable food and winter clothing drive.
"Our 2014 class members worked together on this project to demonstrate their commitment to our community and to the seriousness of poverty," stated Molly Anderson, executive director of Leadership Niagara. "We are grateful to our many partners who care deeply about this growing issue and want to create positive change."
Current and former members of Leadership Niagara will spend the night outside in cardboard boxes, courtesy of Jamestown Container Company, General Motors Component Holdings, and National Corrugate; while also assembling over 150 hygiene bags to donate to Community Missions. Community members, including Dr. John Kugler, Mrs. Ellie Robinson, and the Sheraton at the Falls, have generously donated items for these bags.
By The Numbers...
In 2016, Community Missions provided:
• 11,104 nights of shelter
• 89,366 meals
• 6,744 individuals with clothing
• 2,295 care days in Youth Services
• 46,888 care days in Recovery Services
• 73,994 care days in Housing Services
• 182 opportunities for Faith Development