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Wednesday October 22nd 2014

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Community Outreach: National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week in Escambia County

Each year the Waterfront Rescue Mission joins with the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless to take part in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW). A full week of activities has been planned during Nov. 14-20 to focus on creating increased awareness of the plights of so many in our community who are struggling with homelessness.

It is hoped that these special events will lead to an increased understanding of how and why individuals and families become homeless, and spark innovative solutions to the problems facing the homeless and poor in our community at the same time. Your participation each day this week will help!

Friday, 19th – Gallery Night
When: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 213 Palafox Place (Tax Collector’s Office)
What: Join the Waterfront Rescue Mission and the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless for an inspiring evening of art created by local homeless individuals. All pieces will be available for purchase and proceeds will go towards helping the homeless in our area. This will be our culminating event for the week of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and all are invited!

Saturday, 20th – Food and Warm Clothing Drive
When: All day
Drop-off Locations: Winn-Dixie and Publix Stores in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties 
What: While you are out shopping for Thanksgiving dinner don’t forget to stop by one of our Donation Drop-off locations to help provide for the needs of the homeless and poor this holiday season. These donations will go to local service providers including the Waterfront Rescue Mission, Manna Food Pantries and Caring and Sharing. For a full list of needed items visit  waterfrontmission.org or call 888-853-8655. The list of needed items will also be posted at the drop-off locations inside Publix and Winn-Dixie stores.

This year, both the City of Pensacola and Escambia County have officially recognized National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The Board of County Commissioners for Escambia County signed and presented an official proclamation to the President of the Waterfront Rescue Mission and the Director of the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless on Thursday of last week.

For more information about National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week visit  waterfrontmission.org/nhhaw  or call 850-478-4027.