Catholic Charities' Family Empowerment Program is planning several events between July 7 and August 7 to heighten awareness of the problem of Family Homelessness in our community.
"Through events rooted in advocacy, awareness, volunteerism, and fundraising, we hope to build enough support for our program to serve our family clients' needs more effectively and more quickly," explained Matt Preston, Housing Services coordinator for Catholic Charities of Tennessee.
"By sharing the message of real families experiencing homelessness and poverty, we believe that more individuals will become more invested in an issue that is tied to the concern and success of their own community," he continued.
Two events early in July have been firmed up; two others, in late July and early August, are being finalized.
Family Homelessness Awareness Chick-fil-A Friendraiser/Fundraiser: Thursday, July 7, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (6500 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, 37209). 15% of the proceeds - with a voucher available on the Catholic Charities website (http://bit.ly/Chick-fil-AFamilyHomelessness) - will be donated to Catholic Charities for the benefit of its Family Empowerment Program.
Community Poverty Simulation and Luncheon: Saturday, July 9, from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for Family Empowerment Program volunteers and other members of the community to have insight into the day-to-day struggles of families experiencing poverty through serious role playing. To register, go to http://bit.ly/HomelesnessAwarenessPovertySimulation.
Those interested in other Family Homelessness Awareness Month events should check on the Catholic Charities website EVENTS page (http://www.cctenn.org/events.cfm) for more information.
"One of our core beliefs is that a successful effort to end family homelessness here in Nashville will involve invested community members," Preston added. "After nearly two years in operation, the Family Empowerment Program needs more volunteers, financial supporters, and advocates to grow the capacity of our reach."
"In other words, the purpose of this month of Family Homelessness Awareness is to grow our community of concerned, invested individuals, so that no parent in Nashville has to worry about where their child or children will sleep at night."
For more information on Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Family Empowerment Program, go to http://bit.ly/EndNashHomelessness.