SANTA ANA, CA, October 26, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mercy House, one of Southern California's premier advocates of the homeless, providing a unique system of dignified housing alternatives, programs and supportive services, is launching their 3rd annual campaign aimed at the residents in Orange and San Bernardino Counties to raise awareness about homelessness throughout Southern California. This campaign, taking place during the entire month of November, is structured around a 30 Days, 30 Ways calendar in which participants are encouraged to "take action" through participation in volunteer opportunities, education and advocacy, attendance of awareness events, and social media outreach. ---
"Homelessness can oftentimes be seen as an 'invisible' issue, despite the fact that there are thousands of people living on the streets on any given night," said Allison Harvey, Mercy House Development Director, "this campaign reminds us that homelessness is a reality for so many and that together, as community members, we can work together to do something about it".
Mercy House has partnered with a number of different community partners to bring exciting opportunities to show support during Homeless Awareness Month including, Future Leaders of Our Community, Kendra Scott-Fashion Island, Ruby's Diner, Chaffey Community Art Museum, and a number of local Fullerton businesses and restaurants.
Highlights of the month include the following events and opportunities which are open to the entire community. To learn more about these opportunities and the 30 Days, 30 Ways Campaign, please visit http://www.mercyhouse.net/homeless-awareness-month.
• Make an online donation to Mercy House, any time throughout the month of November, towards our Fare Share campaign. Donations will allow for the purchase of one day bus passes for homeless individuals.
• Wednesday, October 30th: Kick-Off Event Halloween Party, 7-9PM, The Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660.
• Tuesday, November 5th: Cupcakes and Champagne Mixer, 5-8PM, Kendra Scott Jewelry Store, Fashion Island, 235 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660.
• Thursday, November 14th: Ruby's Restaurant Night, All day, Ruby's Diners, All Orange County Locations.
• Sunday, November 17th: Art Exhibition, 2-5PM, Chaffey Community Art Museum, 217 S Lemon Avenue Ontario, CA 91761.
• Saturday, November 23rd: Downtown Fullerton Scavenger Hunt, 12-6PM, Check in at Roscoe's Famous Deli, 116 W Commonwealth Avenue Fullerton, CA 92832.
About the Campaign:
There are over 10,000 homeless individuals living on the streets of Orange County and San Bernardino Counties. Each day there are hundreds more who run the risk of becoming homeless, as the cost of housing, utilities, childcare, healthcare and transportation continue to increase.
This Fall 2013, in observance of Homeless Awareness Month, Mercy House is launching a 30 Days, 30 Ways campaign to raise awareness of issues of homelessness, generate support from community members and advocate on behalf of the thousands of clients we serve each year.
Our 30 Days, 30 Ways campaign will take place during the entire month of November. Community members will have the opportunity to pledge their support and take specific actions each day during the month that will support the mission of Mercy House and demonstrate their commitment in the fight to end homelessness. For more information, please visit http://www.mercyhouse.net/homeless-awareness-month.
About Mercy House:
Santa Ana, Calif.-based Mercy House is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for some of the most vulnerable homeless populations including families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and veterans. Seeing the need in our community to serve the poor and the homeless, Mercy House was founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. Over the past 23 years Father Karcher, together with the leadership of Larry Haynes, Mercy House's first employee and only executive director, has not ceased to see the needs in the community. What was once an agency helping 10 men with one transitional shelter, has grown to serve over 5,000 individuals in need last year, and has expanded to include five transitional housing facilities, emergency shelter and services, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, and service enriched permanent housing facilities for individuals and families with low income. Visit http://www.mercyhouse.net.
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