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Over 100 Volunteers To Brave Winds, Freezing Temperatures To Raise Awareness About Homelessness

November 13, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., The Rescue Mission will host “One Night Without a Home”, an event intended to simulate the experience of being homeless. Over 100 participants will spend the night on the lawn of Charis House (431 Fairmount Pl., Fort Wayne, IN 46808), the women and children’s ministry of The Rescue Mission, to help raise awareness about hunger and homelessness in the Fort Wayne area.

With an evening forecast showing a low of 31˚ and winds up to 55 miles per hour, it’s bound to be an unforgettable experience. Participants were asked to raise sponsorship funds in order to bring “luxury” items, such as hand warmers, extra blankets, a cardboard box, a sleeping bag, etc. In all, over $25,000 has been raised for the event. Interested individuals can still contribute toward the event by visiting

“We’re out to do for one night what others do for weeks, months or even years. About 2,500 people are homeless or near homeless in Fort Wayne on any given day. The crisis of homelessness is real, and we hope that by giving people a chance to step out of their comfort zone and experience it for themselves, it will help bring greater awareness to the issue,” says Richard Cummins, Executive VP of Operations for The Rescue Mission.

“One Night Without a Home” will kick off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. From November 13-21, 2015, agencies serving the less fortunate will come together to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness through various events planned throughout the week.

The media is invited to attend. Photo opportunities will be available throughout the night, particularly at 6pm and 10pm.

Proud sponsors of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2015 include: Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co., Sweetwater Sound, The Chapel, Parkview Health, Glenbrook Square, Old National Bank, 21Alive, and WBCL.

For more information regarding “One Night Without a Home” or National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week in general, contact Richard Cummins at 260-446-4759, or at richard.