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Awareness events set about hunger, homelessness

City and shelter officials kicked off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week with a news conference at the Courthouse Green earlier today.

Several dozen people gathered at the green to hear speakers talk about the homeless in the community and how to help them.

Officials estimate that there are between 2,000 to 3,000 homeless people in northeastern Indiana, though they note that’s a conservative estimate.

There are a number of events planned for the week to bring awareness to homelessness:

  • On Tuesday, people are encouraged to stuff $5 they might spend on lunch in an envelope and drop it off at the Rescue Mission, 301 W. Superior St. Rescue officials said $5 can feed lunch to three people daily.
  • On Wednesday, there will be two “Tour and Learn” events, each beginning at the Rescue Mission. The tours will take individuals downtown to get a look at the shelters and service providers in the area. The firs tour begins at 4 p.m.; the second at 4:30 p.m.
  • On Friday, a free screening of the documentary “American Winter” will be held at the University of St. Francis north campus (the former Abundant Life Church on Spring Street). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; screening begins at 6:30 p.m.