The Hope Center to commemorate National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Nov. 10-18

RAPID CITY, S.D. – In order to bring awareness to the plight of people who live in poverty or without homes, The Hope Center, the Black Hills Homeless Coalition Youth Taskforce, and multiple other agencies and groups, have scheduled a number of events to commemorate National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, scheduled for Nov. 10-18.

The list of the events for the week are as follows:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. – ART FOR HOPE

The Hope Center will have a silent auction, featuring unique art made by Hope Center guests. The auction will include entertainment and food.

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. – KICK-OFF PRESS CONFERENCE AND PROCLAMATION READING

The Hope Center will kick-off National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week with Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris reading two proclamations declaring Nov. 10-18 as National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and November as National Homeless & Runaway Youth Awareness Month.  The Kick-Off will be held at The Hope Center, 615 Kansas City St., Rapid City.

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. –PANEL DISCUSSION

The Hope Center will host a discussion panel of guests who have experienced homelessness or poverty firsthand. This will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions and learn something new! The panel will be held at The Hope Center.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4–7 p.m. – “COCOA AND COMFORT” BLANKET GIVE-AWAY & SAMARITAN’S FEET SHOE GIVE-AWAY

The Hope Center, together with multiple community partners and agencies, will be serving hot chocolate and giving away blankets to those living in poverty or without homes to prepare them for the coming winter weather. The Hope Center and Samaritan’s Feet will be hosting a shoe distribution giving away shoes for adults (first come, first served). Both events will be at the Hope Center.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – “TOGETHER AT THE TABLE – AWARENESS, COMMUNITY, UNITY”

The Hope Center, along with member agencies of the Rapid City collective Impact Food Insecurity Taskforce, will sponsor a hunger awareness event where those living in poverty and without homes, community leaders and decision-makers can come together, share a meal of soup and bread, and build connections on a different level — at the table! The event will be held at the Boys Club Gym, 320 N. Fourth St., Rapid City (across from The Journey Museum and Learning Center).

  • Friday, Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m. – “GLOW WALK 2018”

Join the Black Hills Homeless Coalition Youth Taskforce as they raise awareness for homelessness and runaway youth during their Glow Walk 2018. The walk begins and ends at Main Street Square. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. at Main Street Square, with the walk beginning at 6 p.m.  Participants are asked to bring cold-weather gear, blankets or hygiene items as their registration fee.

  • Friday, Nov. 16, 7–8 p.m. – “HOMELESS PERSONS’ MEMORIAL & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL”

To bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our friends, family and neighbors who have died on the streets or from issues related to poverty, The Hope Center will hold a Homeless Person’s Memorial and Candlelight Vigil on Nov. 16, 7–8 p.m. at Main Street Square.

The memorial is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring the names of friends or loved ones who passed away to add to the memorial.

The Hope Center is a drop-in day center that provides a warm, safe environment to individuals living in poverty and without homes.

The center offers basic day services to our guests, including a mailing center for individuals who do not have a permanent or stable address. Currently, 2,523 people use this service.

They also provide a telephone/message center for those without access to a phone, a storage center for personal belongings and important documents, a free laundry, various life-skills classes, and advocacy services and referrals to partner agencies that reduce the impact of the crisis of poverty.

Their primary objective is to establish relationships with guests so that they become a trusted source of support for them. It is through these relationships that we present them with lifestyle alternatives and a way out of poverty.

For more information, contact Gwyn Salamun at 605-716-4673 or email gwyn@hopecenterrapidcity.org.

Information from The Hope Center
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