Gimme Shelter – A Night To End Homelessness

Gimme Shelter Success!

On Friday, January 13, 2017, 68 local community members spent the night outside the Peoria Civic Center in cardboard refrigerator boxes, from 6:00 pm in the evening until 6:00 am the next morning.    The event, Gimme Shelter, was hosted by the South Side Office of Concern (SSOC) to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those in our community without homes and to give our citizens an opportunity to help in the fight to end homelessness in Central Illinois.  Participants were asked to raise $1,000 each for the “privilege” of participating.  The event raised approximately $64,000 to support SSOC’S continuing efforts to provide permanent supportive housing and end homelessness in our community.   The event also included a series of educational presentations focused on homelessness and its impact on our community.

Participants shared that their favorite things about the event were meeting new friends, learning abut homelessness, and having the opportunity to make a difference.  Many thanks to all the donors, participants, volunteer and sponsors who made it all possible!  Plans are being made for next year’s event and we look forward to making Gimme Shelter 2018 even bigger and better.

Photos courtesy of Jenni Williams of Blissful Images.