Homeless for a Night

By: Paul Gessler Email
By: Paul Gessler Email

The Kenova United Methodist Church held a homelessness awareness event as part of their "Summer Serve" series.

The church's youth director, Charles Shumaker, said the event is all about awareness and sacrafice.

"We wanted to give the student an idea--even if its just for a few hours--of what it's like to be without a home, without a shelter," Shumaker said. "Even if it's just tomorrow that they treat a homeless person on the road a little bit differently than they did yesterday."

Most of the youth group consists of students at Spring Valley High School, with a few students from Ceredo-Kenova Middle School.

In addition to sleeping in cardboard boxes on the church lawn, the group viewed a documentary "On The River's Edge," listened to a former homeless person speak on lifestyles, and collected canned food door-to-door in Ceredo.

Huntington's Coalition for the Homeless is in their 20th year. The Coalition started in 1987 after a similar sleep-out called "Sharing the Night."

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