Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019. 2:57 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Welcome Resource Center, which assists the homeless population in Belize, is raising awareness about the struggles of homeless people through its 2nd Annual Sleep it Out initiative, where attendees take a night to sleep outdoors.
The activity will be held at the Fort George Memorial Park in Belize City on Saturday, October 12, and will also be used as a fundraiser to assist the homeless and people with mental health issues. Donations are $10 per person or $25 to get the official Sleep it out T-shirt. Security will be provided at the park during the event.
Joyce Ellis, the Administrator at the Welcome Resource Center, explained that the event is held in commemoration of both World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day, both marked on October 12.
“We want to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless when it comes to security, bathroom usage and stuff like that,” Ellis said. “The main thing I want them to take with them is the appreciation that they have a place they can call home to sleep. and not sympathy but
empathy for the homeless population. We also want them to understand that home is not four walls.”
Ellis noted that last year’s event gathered over 100 persons and that the center is hoping to exceed that amount this year. The Welcome Resource Center offers breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, shower facilities and clothing to the homeless, who are often suffering from mental health issues.
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