It’s that time of the year. The weather is changing, days are getting shorter, and the temperature is cooling off. Before we know it, winter will be here.
This is an important time of the year for Interfaith Outreach. We are kicking off our 26th annual Sleep Out campaign. The objectives of the Sleep Out are to raise awareness around homelessness and the compound effects of poverty, and to raise $3 million as a response to needs in our community.
Why is it critical we meet our financial goals? It’s simple. There are individuals and families in our community who need help. The rising cost of essential goods and services, the need to secure living wage jobs, the lack of affordable housing and child care are just a few reasons why our goal has increased this year.
In an interview about Sleep Out, I was recently asked what it is like to be homeless. I answered, “It’s like not having a name. You become invisible.”
In this community, we see our neighbors and we respond. In this community, we harness the collective good and provide for those who need it most.
I am confident you will continue to make sure that every person who comes to Interfaith Outreach is seen, heard and provided for.