National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Raising awareness of homelessness in the Black Hills community

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monday was the kickoff and proclamation reading by Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris, declaring that this week as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the month of November as National Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month.

This is the fifth year the community has honored Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. It’s a way to help the public understand the issue of poverty – that no one is immune to.

Anna Quinn with the Hope Center says, “Poverty does not discriminate; poverty can happen to anyone. And it does happen to anyone, and so we’re just trying to raise awareness … there’s a lot of societal and economic components that lead to people being in poverty … a lot of it comes from low-paying jobs and unaffordable housing.”

Local law enforcement are finding better ways to serve the homeless community.

Jegeris described the police department’s Quality of Life Unit. “They’re trying to pro-actively engage with the homeless population and provide assistance prior to a crisis. And already, we are just a couple of months into the process, that we’re seeing a lot of success stories come out of this new approach.”

On Tuesday, the Hope Center and other community partners will be serving hot chocolate and giving out blankets to those in need to help prepare them for the upcoming winter months.

Click here for more information on The Hope Center.

Click here for more information on events this week.

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