FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Janet Bartos
Lee County Homeless Coalition launches awareness initiative
in conjunction with World Homeless Day and in advance of
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2014) – On the threshold of World Homeless Day on October 10, the Lee County Homeless Coalition (LCHC) has launched its “Home Plate” general awareness initiative in Southwest Florida to expose the plight of people who are homeless in general and Lee County in particular, announced Janet Bartos, executive director for the Coalition.
The public is invited to participate by picking up a complimentary Home Plate Kit to host a meal as a catalyst for an awareness and discussion event in their homes with a handful of invited guests. The kit is an LCHC-branded tote bag containing 10 branded meal plates and an activity sheet to help get the discussion going. Additionally, participants are encouraged to view a brief and locally produced video posted on the nonprofit’s website that brings to light poignant information and little known facts concerning homelessness.
On any given night in Lee County, there are approximately 3,000 men, women and children without a place to call a home, Bartos said.
“The purpose of hosting an event is simply to raise awareness among concerned citizens and their friends and neighbors — this is not a fundraising drive,” Bartos explained. “More people need to have an appreciation for the depth of the issue before they can decide how they might be able to help our cause.”
This initiative also leads up to LCHC’s 10th annual dinner auction Nov. 1 and to National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 15 through 23.
To learn more or to request a Home Plate Kit, please call the Lee County Homeless Coalition at (239) 322-6600. LCHC is online www.leehomeless.org.
Lee County Homeless Coalition is a nonprofit organization comprising community and faith-based service providers, local businesses, people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, and other advocates committed to ending homelessness. The Coalition’s mission is to advocate, educate and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning, and implementing solutions.
Home Plate Awareness News Release.pdf