YWCA Hosting ‘No Fixed Address,’ A Homelessness Awareness Event
The YWCA El Paso del Norte Region will host its first ‘No Fixed Address’ event to raise awareness of the hidden homelessness of women and children in El Paso on Nov. 13-14, 2015.
Most often we may not know that a family is homeless and in need. There is a profound stigma of being homeless, and perhaps it doesn’t help that the stereotypical idea of a homeless person is that of someone addicted to drugs and alcohol -- but the reality is that a majority of homeless are families, woman and children in particular.
No Fixed Address is a pledge-based fundraiser where registrants will engage and experience a poverty simulation event where they will gain an increased knowledge and understanding the world of poverty and the work it takes to achieve self-sufficiency. Proceeds from this event will directly support the Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center which will also coincide with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
The event will take place at the YWCA Joyce Jaynes Branch (1600 Brown St.) from the evening of Friday, Nov. 13 to the morning of Saturday, Nov. 14 and will include a program focused on highlighting the plight of families in poverty.
According to the YWCA, at least 500 El Paso homeless families, most of which are females and children are in need of shelter every night.
The event encourages participants to make a difference for women and children in our community and for those who want to register or for more information, visit ywca.org or call (915) 519-0000.