Rapid City Mayor proclaims this week ‘National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week,’ events to follow
RAPID CITY, S.D. — In addition to Mayor Steve Allender announcing November to be National Runaway Prevention Month, it is also National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week starting with a Monday kickoff, both proclamations being read by RCPD Chief Karl Jegeris and City Council member Lisa Modrick.
HOPE Center, located in Rapid City, hosted the event and also shed some light on the national statistics surrounding hunger and homelessness, as well as runaway kids.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture states 11.1 percent of U.S. households, in 2018, were food insecure at some time. Data shows that households with single mothers, with children under the age of 18, was the category with the lowest food security. Four percent of households with children in the U.S. showed very low food security in 2018.
In Rapid City, homelessness is an issue. There are 376 identified as homeless in the Rapid City Area School district, according to Anita Deranleau, RCAS Coordinator for the McKinney Vento Program.
At the HOPE Center homelessness is a reality that walks through the door everyday.
“We serve anywhere from 200 to 250 people a day, here at our day center,” says Hope Center Executive Director, Melanie Timm. “Services look very different depending on peoples need. Everyone’s needs are very unique to them. And so, for some folks, they just come into check their mail. We’re an address. And for other folks, you know, they come and need a place to be to stay warm and stay safe during the day.”
In response to these issues facing the community, several organizations are highlighted in the Mayor’s proclamations for their work promoting awareness and providing services.
During the homelessness awareness week the following events will be happening in Rapid City:
- Tuesday, November 19th
- 5:30 p.m. Glow Walk with Homeless Coalition Task Force, starting at the Hope Center
- Wendesday, November 20th
- 11-2 p.m. “Come to the Table” – Community Meal, First United Methodist Church
- Thursday, November 21st
- 4:30-6 p.m. “Cocoa & Comfort,” Hope Center
- Friday, November 22nd
- 5:30 p.m. “Art for Hope” fundraising event, hosted by Fork Real Café