The Invisible People

Hunger & Homelessness
Awareness Week

No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.

Unfortunately, the people who suffer the most are often overlooked and ignored. As a community, it is time to open our eyes to see the people who are hungry or homeless. Don’t make them feel invisible. Show them compassion. Give them hope.


A Community in Need

Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. The poverty rate in our community is three times higher than the national average. We are inundated every day with requests for housing from families and individuals who are living on the streets, in vehicles, or “couch surfing“ until they can afford a place. We receive constant requests for emergency assistance from families who are just trying to make ends meet so they don’t end up destitute or homeless.

America

43.1 million Americans live below the poverty level
549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night
42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger
1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty

Our Community

34.1% of Murray residents live below the poverty level
40+ people request housing assistance each week
1500+ receive food assistance from various agencies
40% of children qualify for free or reduced lunch


What You Can Do


Volunteer

Register for you or a group to volunteer during Day of Service on Wednesday, November 18th. Groups will be serving alongside several agencies who fight hunger and homelessness every day.

Register Below

Donate

Give generously to support the fight against homelessness at HOPE Calloway. Your financial support goes directly to helping keep people off the streets and in their homes.



Advocate

Spread the word to help raise awareness about the fight against hunger and homelessness in our community. Be a voice for those who need it the most!

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Events

We have planned a week full of activities to help raise awareness for the fight against hunger and homelessness in our community. Look over the schedule below to decide how you can be a part of this important week!


Sunday, November 15th

Sharing HOPE


Churches all around our community will be sharing the same message, Invisible People, to encourage our community to wake up to the reality that hunger and homelessness are real problems for our area.

If your church is interested in participating, we have resources available. These include; sermon outline, small group curriculums, media downloads, and promotional materials. Register your church today to gain access to these resources.


Monday, November 16th

Community Awareness


This is the day for the entire community to get involved! Come to Murray Central Park, at the Rotary Amphitheater, as Judge Executive Kenny Imes and Mayor Bob Rogers sign a proclamation to declare that October 15-22, 2020 are being officially recognized as Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week in Murray-Calloway County.

Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about several community agencies who are fighting against hunger and homelessness every day. There will also be opportunities to join the fight alongside these agencies to make a difference for friends and neighbors in our community. Lunch will be available from several food trucks.



Tuesday, November 17th

Faces of Homelessness


Faces of Homelessness is a panel discussion featuring speakers who have first-hand experience with homelessness. Take a moment to truly listen and learn what people experience when dealing with homelessness and why there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution.

Faces of Homelessness will premier on our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages at 7pm.


Wednesday, November 18th

Day of Service


There are many agencies in Calloway County who serve our friends and neighbors during their time of need. This is your chance to get in on the action and make a direct impact to help those services. There will be several volunteer groups spread throughout the community working alongside those service agencies during the day.

Volunteers will be serving at HOPE Calloway, Need Line, Soup for the Soul, Community Kitchen, Housing Authority of Murray, and others! Register here to get your group or family involved!



Thursday, November 19th

Night at the Movies


We have partnered with Cheri Theaters for a Night at the Movies! We are showing Pursuit of Happyness,a feature film starring Will Smith that helps shine a light on the struggle so many face while dealing with homelessness.

Admission is only $6.50, with a portion of all proceeds going directly to support the fight against homelessness through HOPE Calloway. We are also asking that all participants bring one canned food item to donate to Need Line. Need Line combats hunger in our community by providing groceries for more than 800 families each month.


Friday, November 20th

On the Frontlines


On the Frontlines is our second panel discussion of the week and will give the community an opportunity to hear directly from frontline workers who are fighting against homelessness and hunger every day. Hear from representatives from HOPE Calloway, Need Line, Soup for the Soul, and Housing Authority of Murray. We will share what our agencies are doing to combat homelessness and hunger, how the community can help, and the struggles we face each day.

On the Frontlines will premiere on our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages at 7pm.



Saturday, November 21st

No Room in the Inn


Our 3rd Annual “No Room in the Inn” will be held in a pandemic-friendly way this year! From 10:00-4:00, over 100 Nativity scenes will be on display at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center in Murray. Masks will be required, and the number of people in the building at one time will be limited. Come enjoy a display of nativity scenes that will be more magnificent than ever! This will be a FREE event! Donations will be accepted.
Bring your family and friends to this eye-opening experience as you learn how homelessness affects our community, just as it has for thousands of years.



Registration

Fill out this form to register for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week events and updates.




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