The Corridor Paper

Walk a Mile in their Shoes and Challenge Homelessness

Submitted By: Matt Visaggio

FORT MYERS, FL – The Lee County Homeless Coalition encourages the community to take the “Homeless Challenge” during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, November 2019, to generate increased community awareness for those living on the streets in Lee County. The Lee County Homeless Challenge serves as an educational program that focuses on developing personal awareness about the realities of homelessness.

The Lee County Homeless Coalition encourages the community to support homeless service providers during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month. Recommendations from the Lee County Homeless Coalition include collecting or donating non-perishable food or clothing, volunteering to serve meals at Lee County free meal sites, volunteering professional services to provide aid to the homeless, asking your employer or school to host or sponsor a fundraising event, or donating funds to a non-profit shelter, food pantry or “FPL’s Care to Share” program.

The 2019 “Homeless Challenge” will take place on November 23 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. During this event participants will become familiar with the social services network and methods of everyday survival for those who live on the streets. This Challenge will provide participants with an experience that has the power to effect change.

The Lee County Homeless Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of community and faith-based service providers, local businesses, people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, and other advocates committed to ending homelessness. The Coalition’s mission is to advocate, educate and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning, and implementing solutions.

To help or learn more, contact Janet Bartos, executive director of the Lee County Homeless Coalition, at 239-322-6600 or visit www.leehomeless.org.

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