Nearly 100 people gathered Friday at The Salvation Army in Tyler to participate in One Night Without a Home, hosted by the East Texas Human Needs Network as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Participants had a hot meal provided by The Salvation Army and then walked 1.6 miles to Fun Forest Park, where “The Face of Hunger and Homelessness” program was held. A vigil was also held to honor those who have died homeless.
Pam Jacobson, poverty educator with ETHNN, said the goal of the event was to increase participants’ awareness and understanding of hunger and homelessness.
“One thing (people can do) is actually be aware that there are homeless folks in our community,” Jacobson said.
“I think there are a lot of people who go to work every day that you don’t realize are homeless. … So being aware of that, number one, and then maybe get involved on the city and county level that would actually address the poverty in our community.”
The East Texas Human Needs Network partners with social service organizations to develop and maintain an online social services directory that people can easily find in times of need through 903help.org.
Anyone with access to the internet, whether on a desktop, tablet or smartphone, is able to use 903HELP, according to the ETHNN website.
For more information, visit ethnn.org or call 903-216-321.