Defiance College and Northwest Ohio Housing Coalition, a coalition of area 40 social service agencies, will sponsor “Night Without a Home,” on Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 5 p.m. on the campus of Defiance College. “Night Without a Home” provides an opportunity to discuss, think, and learn about rural homelessness by participating in unique events and activities.
Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of engagement. U. S. News & World Report ranks Defiance in the top tier of comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
Fifty tents will be displayed on the campus lawn along Clinton Street to represent the homeless individuals and families that received emergency shelter services at the PATH Center within the last year. The tents will be occupied by students, staff and friends from the community interested in participating. “Tent City” tours will educate attendees about the experiences of homeless people from our community.
The night begins at 5 p.m. with the opening of the Resource tent and Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen will provide a modest meal to participants and the public. Free-will donations will be accepted. Sheltered Reality.com, a percussion, interactive group, will give an introductory performance at 5:30 p.m. and a full performance from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The group will present an educational message through stories of struggle and triumph by families in crisis.
A new feature of “Night Without a Home” is a Can Do competition. Area businesses, groups and individuals can get involved by helping to form groups to collect food and money on their own and at drop-off sites along Clinton Street the night of the event. At 6 p.m. the groups will compete to build food pyramids in unique designs.
Also at 6 p.m., a Homeless Education Forum will present statistics regarding rural homelessness, discuss causes of homelessness, and what the community can do to help. Homeless and formerly homeless persons will participate by sharing their individual experiences.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information about “Night Without a Home,” to register a Can Do competition group, or to reserve a tent, please contact Katie Litle, Defiance College, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, at (419) 783-2479.
October 16, 2008