Spending a Night Without a Home
Posted at: 10/26/2013 3:57 PM
| Updated at: 10/26/2013 6:08 PM
By: Travis Dill
A dozen supporters of the homeless gathered in Superior to spend a Night Without a Home on Saturday to raise awareness for the issue.
The event takes place in Superior's Center City Park every year, but organizers hoped to take advantage of recent community discussion about homelessness.
Barbara Certa-Werner is the executive director of Harbor House Crisis Center. Her organization helps single women and families facing homelessness in Douglas County, and Certa-Werner said the event has always been about awareness.
“The main thing is for people to realize that there are homeless in the Northland. In Douglas County there's about 700 every single day. Estimates are there are 700 every single day that are homeless,” Certa-Werner said.
She said the Night Without a Home helps raise about $4,000 for 5 local organizations that serve the homeless. People can also drop off supplies like blankets and warm clothing that are desperately needed.
“When somebody comes in we have them take that blanket with them. They get to keep it so we are always short on blankets and could you imagine walking around in the cold and not having a jacket?” Certa-Werner said.
She said sacrificing for one night is nothing compared to what many go through daily.
“Our clients tell us that before they got into shelter they spent a lot of time going and walking around Wal-Mart because it's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week just trying to stay warm. It's a good reminder that not everyone has a warm place to stay every single night,” Certa-Werner said.
The Grafitti Graveyard has gotten attention recently in Duluth, but Certa-Werner said homeless camps like that exist in Superior as well.
“We walked five miles of the Osaugie Trail and we saw homeless people living out off the Osaugie Trail. And there are camps around Superior,” Certa-Werner said.
She hopes that knowledge will push people to support the groups that are a final safety net for the local homeless population.
“If we weren't here they have no where else to go,” Certa-Werner said.
She said there are solutions to the issue if the community can come together in support of the disadvantaged.
The group will continue the event until noon on Sunday and will accept money and clothing donations. To find out what items the groups need most click here.