November 16 - 20 is 'Hunger, Homelessness Awareness Week' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

November 16 - 20 is 'Hunger, Homelessness Awareness Week'

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Homeless Coalition, a group of government and non-profit agencies who partner to address homelessness in the Spokane area is conducting Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week from November 16-20.

"We’re trying to raise awareness in the community around hunger and homelessness," says Madelyn Bafus, of Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane which is part of the Homeless Coalition.  "As we approach the end of this trying year, we find the needs to be great."

On any given night in Spokane County, more than 1,500 homeless people are living on the street, in their cars, in emergency shelters and in transitional housing facilities.  Many of those are children. 

In Spokane and across the nation, we’re also seeing signs of the "new homeless" - those who find themselves homeless or on the brink of homelessness because of a job loss or other consequence of the national economic downturn.

While many organizations are working to address this situation, it’s important for citizens to understand what’s going on in their community, Bafus says.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week includes a series of events to educate and collect resources for those in need are planned during the week:

  • Monday, Nov. 16 – Homeless Winter Wear Drive.  Drop off new and gently-used adult coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and thermal underwear at Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third Ave., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Toiletry Drive.  Drop off unused toiletry items at Global Credit Union., 1520 W. Third Ave., between 7 and 10 a.m.  Needed items include shampoo, condition, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, combs and brushes, razors, shaving cream, and feminine hygiene products
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Basic Needs Drive.  Drop off basic household supplies at Second & Wall between 7 and 10 a.m.  Consider items such as toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap, dish soap, mops, brooms, and other cleaning supplies
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Movie showing.  The movie, “Where God Left His Shoes,” will be shown at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Foley Library on the Gonzaga University campus.  Admission is one can of food
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Community dinner.  Attend the “Food for Thought” community dinner to extend the conversation around hunger and homelessness at the Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third Ave
  • Friday, Nov. 20 – Memorial service.  Attend a memorial service from noon to 1 p.m. at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington
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