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Feed My Sheep offers teens a chance to experience a night of homelessness

Nonprofit SpotlightKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Changing employment situations and economic hardships are realities of life, and many of us are just one or two paychecks away from financial trouble. The Feed My Sheep organization is sponsoring an event to make teens more aware of the plight of homeless people, and hopefully inspire them to help.

On the lawn behind Mountain View Church in Glenwood Springs on Saturday, June 28, teens in the ninth through 12th grades can experience One Homeless Night, an event meant to provide a realistic homeless experience. Teens can camp in a tent or bring materials, such as cardboard boxes, to make their own shelter. Awards will be given for creativity of shelter. Participants may bring a sandwich or some soup to eat, something a typical homeless person might have for dinner.Several homeless persons have been invited to speak, and a Feed My Sheep video that highlights the organization’s work and passion will be shown to the group. One Homeless Night is targeted for church youth groups because the groups have their own chaperones, insurance and logistical solutions to this inaugural event.To sign up, teens can sign up through their churches, but those interested who are not a part of a church can call Feed My Sheep to sign up. They will need a parental release form, and organizers will let the guardian know what is involved. Organizer Kenneth Williams has been associated with Feed My Sheep since February as the associate director/pastor. He, along with other ministers, will be serving as chaperones.

Williams wants to develop a relationship with the youth in this valley in order to cast vision and show them they can make a difference. “It is the hope of FMS that this new generation will see our world with the lens of optimism, and be the agents of change to the despair and suffering that exists,” said Williams. “One Homeless Night is designed to soften hearts through experiences, stories and personal contact and to equip our youth with the vision and confidence that they can make a change now.”RSVP offers Medicare/SHIP trainingRSVP will sponsor a Medicare/SHIP training Aug. 20-22. This three-day, eight-hour-per-day training takes commitment, but will help participants understand Medicare, Medicaid, Medicate D, long-term care insurance, etc.

Those who sign up for the training who are older than 55 are encouraged to also become RSVP member volunteers and help RSVP clients. The goal is to have 15 to 25 trained volunteers to help with this vital information.The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at CMC Blake Avenue facility in Glenwood Springs. Meals will be provided, and there is no cost to you for any tuition or fee. Regular sessions will be held to update information. If you or someone you know is interested, please have them call 947-8462 or rsvp@coloradomtn.edu. Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column appears every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with news tips, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.

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