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Leadership Niagara goes 'Homeless for a Night'

by jmaloni

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Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 06:20 pm

Overnight event to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness

Leadership Niagara's Class of 2014 will host "Homeless for a Night" Friday, Oct. 17, into Saturday, Oct. 18. This overnight event aims to raise awareness of homelessness and poverty in Niagara County.

The event will take place at the Park Place Market located at 630 Main St., Niagara Falls. It is open to the public from 6-10 p.m. Participants will take part in discussion groups and activities structured to encourage thought and action to address poverty in this community.

Speakers include Niagara University President the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M.; Sam Magavern, co-director, Partnership for the Public Good; Dr. David Taylor, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Niagara University; and Sr. Beth Brosmer, director of Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry.

In addition, food and clothing bins will be available for donations, and a light dinner prepared by Community Missions' cook Jimmie Walker will be provided.

The overnight portion of the event will include current and former members of Leadership Niagara spending the night outside in cardboard boxes, while also assembling more than 100 hygiene bags to donate to Community Missions' emergency housing shelter.

All event donations will benefit Community Missions, and will assist in continuing to provide food and shelter to the neediest neighbors in Niagara County.

For more information, contact Christian Hoffman at 716-285-3403, ext. 2247, or [email protected]

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