Minnehaha County, South Dakota
To advance the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk individuals, children, and families throughout the Sioux Falls area.
Minnehaha County’s Homeless Advisory Board along with the Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition are collaborating with local non-profits to bring awareness along with a call to action in serving our most vulnerable populations. Typically, the third week in November has been set aside as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week; in our community, we want to broaden that scope to include the entire month of November. As Sioux Falls and its surrounding communities continue to grow, so do the number of people experiencing food insecurity and being precariously housed. As many prepare to have family home for the holidays, there is no better time to share and be thankful for the blessings we have while facing the uncomfortable truth that others in our community will have a much different holiday experience.
The month begins with a Proclamation at the County Commission and will unfold with a variety of events, media coverage, and hopefully participants in the ‘Pick 6’ Challenge where we ask you to consider sharing your time and energy in learning and sharing about hunger and homelessness. We ask that you consider posting on your social media venue using the hashtag #facinghungerandhomelessness. Why facing hunger and homelessness? Because of the invisibility of the problem. Consider the homeless child in school sitting next to your son or daughter, yet no one knows he slept in the car with his mom last night; consider the barista who slept last night in the shelter, but is up serving you coffee this am with a smile on her face, and consider the person who takes a shower in the sink at the gas station before heading to work. These are OUR people and these are their experiences.
The events calendar is up – please take a look and attend or participate as often as you can. Together, we CAN provide hope; together we can make a systems change.
‘Pick 6’ Challenge for Hunger and Homeless Awareness
Instructions and Information
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!
Please consider completing SIX (6) of the fourteen challenges outlined on the back of the bookmark. Encourage your friends and family to participate! Take photos as you complete them and post them on your Social Media using #facinghungerandhomelessness as the hashtag.
The Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition is on Facebook – tag us!
Homeless Advisory Board = http://www.minnehahacounty.org/hab/hab.php
The boxes on the front can be initialed by an agency staff member when a challenge has been completed – there are 9 boxes in case you are feeling very inspired to do more! Once you have completed your Pick 6 challenge, make sure your name is on it and your card will be entered into a drawing for you and a local non-profit of your choice that serves those experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. The Challenge runs throughout the month. Please have your card/electronic version submitted to the Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition by December 1.
521 N. Main Avenue, Suite 201 Sioux Falls, SD 57104
- City Hall Old Commission Chambers – 224 W. 9th Street
- Tuesday, October 31st @ 9am
County Commission Meeting – 415 N. Dakota Avenue (2nd floor)
- Tuesday, November 7th @ 7pm
City Council Meeting – Carnegie Town Hall 235 W. 10th Street
- Consider programs like Safe Home (Housing First Program for our Chronically Homeless) and Alliance (jail re-entry program) (http://www.minnehahacounty.org/dept/hs/hs.php)
b. Synergy Program that provides case management and supportive services to homeless families can use gas gift cards and phone cards for families so they can make appointments, go to work, and maintain contact http://www.minnehahacounty.org/dept/hs/synergy/synergy.php
d. Food – programs that support our homeless, vulnerable and low-income community members which would include Feeding South Dakota (Sioux Falls Pantry).
e. Volunteer – Contact the 211 for amazing opportunities to support those in need
- 521 N. Main Avenue, 2nd floor