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Community leaders experience homelessness September 16th, 2017

 

Backpack of a participant in the CEO Sleepout

About 35 people participated in the CEO Sleepout at K.R. Barkman park in Steinbach Thursday night in support of Today House, a local homeless shelter. RCMP Staff Sergeant Harold Laninga says the numbers were down a little bit from last year but he adds it was still a very meaningful event, as participants spent 12 hours as homeless people, including sleeping in the park overnight.

“This is our fifth year and the fifth one that I’ve been involved with. I’m on the board of Today House so that’s one of the reasons I get involved. It shows us how some people who are homeless, just how they are living. We spent the night outside and you don’t have your creature comforts. It was just an incredible night of education and informing us what this is all about.”

Laninga says they heard a powerful speaker from Lighthouse Mission in Winnipeg and also participated in a service project at Steinbach Community Outreach before bedding down in the park. View more at https://steinbachonline.com/local/community-leaders-experience-homelessness

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Sleepout keeps focus on homeless September 11th, 2017

The Carillon – ONLINE EDITION
By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 09/9/2017 10:45 AM

More than 40 local business owners, politicians and advocates for the homeless are preparing to spend a night with no roof over their heads, as they look to raise money and raise awareness about the plight of the homeless in Steinbach.

Today House, an emergency overnight homeless shelter located in Steinbach will host their fifth annual CEO Sleepout next Thursday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at K.R. Barkman Park in Steinbach.
The event invites local community leaders, business leaders and others to spend the night and sleep in the park, as a way to create awareness about those experiencing homelessness in the Steinbach community, and also to raise funds for Today House.

Today House board chair Simone Penner said Today House is completely funded through donations and fundraising, so the annual CEO Sleepout provides a major financial boost for the shelter every year.

“It’s a very, very big deal,” Penner said. “It is the bulk of the funding for our year, and we really have amazing support.”

The event asks each participant who will spend the night outdoors to fundraise on behalf of Today House, with each asked to fundraise a minimum of $100.

Today House had a goal of raising $50,000 during the 2016 CEO Sleepout, but ended up topping that number by $6,000 last year.

Penner said their goal for this year’s Sleepout will be to match the $56,000 raised last year.

Today House shelter coordinator Katherine Bergen said she hopes events like the CEO Sleepout also work to dispel some of the misconceptions about homelessness in the area, and show local residents that it is a real and ongoing issue, even if they aren’t always seeing it with their own eyes.

“I think in this community it is a bit of an invisible problem,” Bergen said. “Typically people look at homelessness as seeing people out on the street or seeing people begging outside of a store, but that’s not really painting the right picture of homelessness in Steinbach. View the full article here https://www.thecarillon.com/local/Sleepout-keeps-focus-on-homeless-443435863.html

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