Recently, CVCAA had the honor of participating in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, a nationwide initiative aimed at raising awareness about the critical issues of hunger and homelessness that affect communities across the country. The week-long event, taking place from November 11th to the 18th, featured a series of impactful activities, discussions, and campaigns to educate and engage the community.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual national event, held during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. It provides an opportunity for organizations, communities, and individuals to come together to address the pressing challenges of hunger and homelessness, while also recognizing the dedicated efforts of those working towards solutions.
Throughout the week, CVCAA and the Concho Valley Homeless Planning Coalition hosted a diverse range of events designed to inform, inspire, and mobilize individuals in the fight against homelessness. These events included…
- A Long Walk Home: Homeless Vigil on San Angelo City Hall Steps November 13th at 7pm - Homelessness isn’t just inconvenient or a struggle, it’s life-threatening. On the evening of our vigil, it was raining with a very low temperature. We were touched by the people that came out in that weather to honor those who cannot escape the rain and those who have lost their lives on the street.
- Homeless Symposium at St. Paul Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 14th at 9am- Over 50 community members joined us to take a hard look at homelessness in our city and search for solutions. We got to hear directly from a panel of people who know first-hand what it’s like to be homeless and what obstacles lie in their way.
- Quiz for a Cause at the Martial Pint on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30pm - CVCAA took over Geeks Who Drink at the Martial Pint for Hunger and Homelessness Week! While teams of family and friends put their heads together, they got to hear about our services and how they can help be a part of the solution. After a fun night of puzzling questions and laughs, we had raised over $800 for our Mind the Gap funds, which help our homeless avoid falling through cracks in services!
- Free Movie Showing at Brooks & Bates on Thursday November 16th at 6:30pm- To finish up our week, we held a free movie night showing the film Rosie at the Brooks and Bates Theatre in the San Angelo Performing Arts Center. Rosie is a film that follows a family of six 36 hours after losing their home, struggling to find a place to stay and shielding their children from the harsh world.
"We are deeply committed to the cause of eradicating hunger and homelessness in our community," said Mike Burnett, Executive Director of CVCAA and Chairperson for the Concho Valley Homeless Planning Coalition. "Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is an important opportunity for us to engage with the community, raise awareness, and work collectively towards solutions that make a meaningful impact. It is going to take all of us to work towards a better San Angelo".