Homeless Awareness Week will kick off Monday, Oct. 22, with a PhotoVoice exhibit featuring examples of real life struggles to find shelter and food in Portland, on display throughout the week in the Peterson Hall foyer and Loveridge Hall Blue Room. The exhibit portrays real life struggles to find shelter, food, healthcare and community on the streets of Portland. Throughout the week, donations of backpacks, hygiene products, diapers and more will be collected for Rose Haven, a Portland women's shelter.
Later that day, "Surviving Homelessness" will be presented by a volunteer from Sisters of the Road at noon in 111 Peterson Hall. Following the speaker, a book sale featuring "Voices from the Street" by Jessica P. Morrell will be held in the Peterson Hall Photo Gallery.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Coffee and a Cause will be held at noon in the courtyard. Enjoy coffee and meet local vendors of Street Roots, Portland's flagship publication addressing homelessness and poverty.
Sister Cathie from Rose Haven, a women's shelter, will present "Stories From Serving" at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Peterson Hall conference room.
Volunteers are needed to serve at Operation NightWatch, a gathering place for men and women, on Friday, Oct. 26, from 8 p.m. to midnight. David Groff, director of Linfield's Portland Campus, and volunteers will make coffee, serve sandwiches and interact with those visiting the center.
Organizers hope the week will educate community members on the challenges facing the homeless, according to Lisa Burch, director of student services.
All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Burch at 503-413-7561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.