The Road Home, a homelessness awareness and simulation event, will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, at Union High School. One student a story of struggle and challenge, while maintaining a High School Experience.
The event is aimed to educate the community about homelessness and the struggles homeless individuals go through on a day-to-day basis.
For the second year running, the simulation at the high school will include a mock soup kitchen, keynote speakers, charity booths and service projects like making fleece blankets, planting tomato and pepper plants for the food pantry to distribute, and packaging quick, dry ingredient meals for those in need.
Jireh Ministries runs several outreach programs, including SafeKids. SafeKids has a history of helping underprivileged teens in Franklin County.
Since 2013, Jireh has established:300 SafeSpots—community businesses and institutions that receive kids in crisis.
Taylor’s House, a full-time respite care home to transition young people out of unsafe households.
Host Families who take in teens for extended periods of time, often to help them complete high school.
Other programs to assist young people in getting part-time work, money for necessities, and case management.
Mark Moebius commented on a High School students willingness to share their journey with the group. “A group of students joined a round table discussion at St Clair High School put together by Emily Sharratt. I was struck by the leadership abilities of the group.
Local nonprofits that target homelessness and poverty, such as the Agape House in St. Clair, the Franklin County Homelessness Task Force, Franklin County Area United Way, Food for Franklin County, Union Food Pantry, Union High School, Washington High School St Clair High School, KLPW Radio and others.