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EDWARDSVILLE — On Saturday, April 12, the SIUE Student Social Work association, in partnership with the Madison County Continuum of Care and the Good Samaritan House of Granite City, will host One Night, a special event designed to raise awareness for the issue of homelessness in Madison County and generate funds to address the issue.
The free, family-friendly event will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Stratton Quad on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. One Night will feature music, games, inflatables and food. Guest speakers will be present to address the homelessness issue. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Madison County Continuum of Care and the Good Samaritan House.
One of the highlights of One Night will be a cardboard box competition in which teams will make a minimum donation of $10 per member to compete for prizes by creating structures, similar to the type some people use for shelter, out of cardboard boxes and duct tape. Prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded in three categories: Most Creative Structures, Best Theme and Top Fundraisers.
“During the 2013 Point-in-Time count, the Madison County Continuum of Care counted 581 individuals that experienced a housing crisis, 278 of which were children,” said David Harrison of the Madison County Community Development Department. “In response to this knowledge about homelessness in the immediate area, members of the Student Social Work Association wanted to do something to give back and are inviting the community and students to come together to make a difference for agencies at the forefront of this fight to end homelessness. One Night is a great opportunity for all members of the community to come together to have fun and support a wonderful cause and two local agencies.”
The Madison County Continuum of Care is composed of individuals and organizations interested in resolving the problems of homelessness in Madison County. Members include government entities, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, businesses, housing developers, churches, health care providers, neighborhood associations, educators, the media, homeless and formerly homeless persons.
Good Samaritan House in Granite City provides temporary shelter for up to 10 women and their children facing homelessness. While in the shelter, residents participate in activities to build their self-sufficiency, self-esteem and chance of succeeding in life. Good Samaritan House's transitional housing program provides longer-term housing in nine single-family dwellings. These units are offered to women who have demonstrated self-motivation in the shelter setting, depending on availability. The Good Samaritan House operates a resale shop, From Our House to Yours, offering used clothing and household items. Not only is the resale shop a source of income, it is an opportunity for the clients to learn marketable skills.