The frosty conditions experienced in central Pennsylvania over the last few days have reminded us all that fall is here, and winter is just around the corner. But while most people responded by unpacking their boots and sweaters and turning their heat on, another group of locals will react by taking to the streets with sleeping bags and cardboard boxes.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, about 50 people will participate in the second annual Sleep Out Saturday to raise money for the Centre House homeless shelter, run by Housing Transitions.
The group will sleep out at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 867 Grays Woods Boulevard, in State College. During last year’s inaugural Sleep Out, $1,200 was raised for Bridge of Hope Centre County. This year’s recipient, Centre House, helped 61 homeless people last year, not only providing them with shelter but helping them to get back on their feet.
As the weather continues to get colder, local churches will also bring back their Out of the Cold initiative, in which participating churches take in homeless people and provide them with food and shelter.
In addition to supporting efforts like these sponsored by local churches, those interested in helping the homeless can participate in Housing Transitions’ Run for Shelter 5K on Nov. 10.
To contribute to Saturday’s event by sponsoring participants, or to inquire about other ways to help Centre County’s homeless, Contact Housing Transitions’ Development and Community Relations Coordinator Susanna Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.