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Drake House campaigns to raise awareness of homelessness
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November 07, 2013 11:03 AM | 1357 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week — Nov. 16 to 24 — local nonprofit organization The Drake House will be launching its inaugural “Light Up Homelessness” campaign this month.

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness in the north Fulton community and to provide a way for people to get involved in this cause in a fun, family-friendly way. Campaign activities are designed to help start conversations about the reality of homelessness in this area.

“We are seeing a trend towards growing homelessness in our area. In fact, the state of Georgia has shifted from 41st to 49th out of our 50 states in risk of youth hunger and homelessness,” said Executive Director Kathy Swahn.

The Drake House will use social media to post stories, facts and infographics and engage the community in this campaign.

Connect with The Drake House on Facebook (search: The Drake House Roswell) and Twitter (@thedrakehouse) for ways to get involved and spread the word.

During the week of Nov. 16 through 24, The Drake House will decorate the outside of its offices with luminarias as a tangible way to “light up homelessness.”

The organization invites you to do the same at your home to show your support for this issue. Luminaria kits will be sold at The Drake Closet (two locations, at 825 Mimosa Blvd. in Roswell and 26 Old Roswell Rd. in Alpharetta) starting November 5th, or supplies can be purchased at a local grocery store or home goods store.

Luminarias can be placed around driveways, porches, balconies or any outside area. Anyone who emails a picture of their luminarias to ahood@thedrakehouse.org will be entered in a raffle.

The Drake House offers emergency housing and education to local families headed by single mothers with minor children in the North Fulton area.

Located in Roswell, The Drake House serves all of the cities of north Fulton. For more information, visit www.thedrakehouse.org or call Kathy Swahn at (770) 587-4712, ext. 302.

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