LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — In Lafayette 1,000 people transition in and out of homelessness each year. That's according to LTHC Homeless Services in Lafayette. You can help those in need by participating in National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week.
The awareness week is held the week before Thanksgiving. Around this time, people have a chance to share their compassion with those who are in need of food and shelter. The mission is to make sure no one worries about where their next meal will come from or if they will be spending the night with a roof over their head.
To help out you can volunteer to serve a meal at LTHC Homeless Services. You can also collect and donate hygiene products and clothing. Also, recognize someone's humanity because being treated like a person can go a long way.
"We bring people together. So, we bring professionals or people established within the community to people that are struggling and having barriers that need help," PATH Street Outreach Team member Sheri Moore said. "So, we can bring people together and see each other's viewpoint."
If you have items you would like to donate, there are four drop-off locations. LTHC Homeless Services, Faith East Community Center and Hartford Hub are in Lafayette. Faith West Community Center is also a drop-off location and it's located in West Lafayette.
A group of organizations who provide services to the homeless is putting on a series of events this week. The public is invited to come out and help raise awareness.
On Tuesday there will be a proclamation at 9 a.m. at the City Building on Sixth Street. On Wednesday and Thursday, LTHC Homeless Services and Food Finders Food Bank will be working together. Agency members are hosting a meeting to discuss what they do in the community to help.
"I think Lafayette's very special. A lot of agencies work very well together, we support each other," said Moore. "I mean we work hand and hand together. So, ya know, the stronger your agencies are that work together the stronger the community can be."
There are items the agencies need help collecting this week and there are specific items being collected each day.
Monday - Men's underwear
Tuesday - Towels
Wednesday - Women's underwear
Thursday - Throws & blankets
Friday - Fundamentals for housing (Paper Towel, Toliet Paper, Paper Plates, Trash Bags)
Saturday - Shower supplies
All donation will be distributed to people who are homeless in the Greater Lafayette community.