Sara Feigenholtz to Join Sleepout for Homelessness For Sixth Year In A Row
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February 3, 2021 (Chicago, IL)
Care For Friends announced today that Senator Sara Feigenholtz will be joining their annual “Sleepout for Homelessness” for the sixth consecutive year. What began as just six people sleeping in a tent on one of the coldest days of the year has grown to over 200 participants in the annual event – and Feigenholtz has been at each one.
Executive Director Hope Pavich explains that Care For Friends has always emphasized providing “more than a meal” - using their lunchtime gatherings as an opportunity to connect guests with medical care, job skills training, and housing assistance with no questions asked.
“When we started talking with Senator Feigenholtz about the large number of suddenly-unemployed people who were straining traditional resources available for at-risk people in Illinois, we knew we needed to do more,” said Pavich. “The result was a mobile-food pantry and grocery service for housed-but-unemployed families, tech support for homeless students doing remote learning, and a micro-grant program for Chicagoans in crisis.”
“The money we raise at the annual Sleepout for Homelessness generally provides for half of our operating costs for these and other programs – and while it will need to be all online this year - we are excited to have the Senator’s continued support for the event,” Pavich said.
Feigenholtz will speak as part of a program that will be livestreamed at www.cffsleeps.com at 7pm Central on February 19th.
About Care For Friends
Care For Friends provides easy access to community, food and overall wellness for Chicago’s most vulnerable and under-served people, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Through its programs, the organization successfully connects people with community resources to enable them to achieve a better quality of life. For more information, please visit www.CareForFriends.org
Hope Pavich, Executive Director