I know what it feels like to live on the street with no place to call my own. I know what it feels like to be hungry and not know where my next meal is coming from or if there would even be a next meal. I know what it feels like to have no shelter and shiver in the cold. I know what it feels like to be homeless.
Being homeless can hurt your body. It can break your heart. It can crush your spirit.
Homeless. That’s how I got my start. That’s where my story began. I can tell you it’s a pretty uncertain, and in my case, unhealthy way to live. Being homeless almost took my life.
Thank goodness my story took a magical turn for the better, and I haven’t had to deal with the harsh realities of living on the street in years. But I will never forget the impact it made on me. That’s why my nonprofit group, Central Georgia Cares, and I spend our time helping the homeless.
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Cares helps homeless animals, and Cares’ mission is to help both animals and people, we’re now doing what we can to help homeless people. We’re doing that with an event sponsored by Daybreak, our local homeless center. We want to invite you to have the opportunity to help, too.
Daybreak, founded in 2012 and located on Walnut Street near Central City Park in Macon, is a part of DePaul USA. It’s a resource center that provides services to Macon’s homeless population.
They not only provide a great meal, but they also offer critical services to people who visit their center. Sister Elizabeth Greim is the amazing program director.
In addition to a meal, Daybreak offers, among other things, showers, laundry, health care, computer training and job connections. It offers resources that help change lives. It offers a sense of community.
Daybreak is a nonprofit organization and operates by the generosity of others. The critical services it offers are totally supported by donations.
Daybreak is having an incredible fundraiser Thursday to help raise money for these services. CARES and I want to do everything we can to help.
The event is a “sleepout” where you’re invited to live the life of a homeless person for one night at Central City Park. You actually sleep in the park the entire night and get a glimpse of what homeless people encounter every day of their lives.
Cares is not only promoting Daybreak’s sleepout, but we’re also offering up one of our very own board members, Mr. Jeff Battcher, to sleep out at the event. We would love for you to participate, too. If you want to pitch a tent, call 478–216-9119.
If sleeping out in the cold is not your thing, you can still help by making a contribution from the comfort of your warm home. Just go to www.depaulusa.org/our- services/macon-ga/1st-annual-sleep-out/ and donate.
Cares and I continue to do what we can to help humans and animals alike. And we’re very grateful to have you partner with us.
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