Press Release

*For Immediate Release*

 WellSpring to participate in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Dateline – MARTINSVILLE, IN, November 13-19, 2017WellSpring engages in events to promote awareness, and raise funds.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups such as WellSpring in Martinsville spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger or homelessness.

Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor.

43.1 million

Americans live below the poverty level

549,000

Americans are homeless on a typical night

42 million

Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger

1 in 5

children in the U.S. live in poverty

Throughout the week, WellSpring will hold several activities to promote advocacy, while raising awareness and much-needed funds.

Look for agency representatives at these locations collecting supplies vital to their mission of providing families encountering homelessness an opportunity to stabilize their lives by providing shelter, advocacy & support, and paths to self-sufficiency.

Monday 11/13: Family Dollar-211 E. Morgan St., Martinsville

Tuesday 11/14: Martinsville Ace Hardware-2064 Burton Ln., Martinsville

Wednesday 11/15: Rural King-1800 S. Ohio St., Martinsville

Thursday 11/16: Dollar Tree- 389 Grand Valley Blvd., Martinsville

Friday 11/17 Kroger-1600 S. Ohio Street, Martinsville

Additionally, the following restaurants will be sponsoring Dine to Donate events:

Monday 11/13: Los Reyes-10 N. Main Street, Martinsville

Wednesday 11/15: Indy’s Family Restaurant- 2210 Burton Lane, Martinsville

Sunday 11/19: Knead the Dough Bakery-1299 East Morgan St., Martinsville

Bring a flyer, found on the agency’s Facebook page or website, and the restaurant will donate 20% of your bill to WellSpring.

On Wednesday evening from 7:00-7:30 staff and community leaders will distribute Bombas socks to those residing at WellSpring. Socks remain the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. So for every pair of Bombas purchased, they donate a pair to someone in need. So far, over 4 million pairs have been donated.

As many, especially youth, couch surf just prior to becoming “officially” homeless, WellSpring Executive, Bob Goodrum, will spend a night on a different couch throughout Morgan County during the week.

WellSpring has served as the only shelter for homeless families in Morgan County since 1988. Last fiscal year, 99 different adults and 95 different children were provided shelter and supportive services. A total of 19,066 nights of shelter was provided.

Contact:

Bob Goodrum
Executive Director
WellSpring
765-342-6661
BobGoodrum@wellspringenter.org
https://www.wellspringcenter.org

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