This year, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 12 – 20, 2011.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2010 annual report to Congress, each night there are approximately 770,000 people in the United States who are homeless. The U.S. Department of Education reports that there are an additional 700,000 children who do not have a place to call home and go to bed hungry each night. Three and a half million Americans will experience homelessness this year, including many United States military veterans.
To help raise awareness, Room at the Inn has asked nine pastors from our night sites to write a prayer for each day of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The prayers will be sent out by email and will be posted on our website. In the spirit of thanks and giving, please take a moment each day that week to read and reflect on the prayers.
Room at the Inn is one of only three emergency shelter providers in the St. Louis County Continuum of Care. Over the past fiscal year, we sheltered 189 people; 109 of these were adults and 80 were children. The outcomes of our Client Self-Reliance Program last year included 100% of clients undertaking at least two activities designed to break their cycle of homelessness (i.e., budgeting classes, group support and employment searches), 48 clients were ready for sustainable housing and were placed into permanent or transitional housing.
Room at the Inn is making a difference and so can you. There are many ways you can help the homeless in your community: through prayer, ministry, offering financial support, advocating for homelessness issues and volunteering. Please visit our website to find out about our many volunteer opportunities. In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness, please prayerfully consider how you might help end hunger and homelessness.