Surviving the Streets.

Come be a Part of Surviving the Streets!

posted by Jenn Pearson                                         on Thursday, October 27 at 1:28pm

Surviving the Streets is a giveaway event aimed at serving those who sleep outside with gear that they need to survive the winter. Three years ago, the husband and wife team of Patti Dunn and Mike Grabham partnered with Real Change to make the event even bigger and gain a greater reach in the homeless community. At a time of ever-decreasing funding for homeless services from both the city and the county, personal donations are needed now more than ever. That’s why we are partnering with over a dozen businesses, community groups, and schools to hold survival gear drives for Surviving the Streets. Last year we served 175 participants from the Real Change, Bread of Life, and Compass Center communities—this year, we aim to serve 250. In addition, we hope to expand the event by offering hot food and flu shots (provided by Public Health nurses) to participants.

Please consider donating any of the following items in new or gently used condition for this event: Sleeping bags Mens’ jackets Mens’ socks Mens’ fleece jacket liners Warm blankets Backpacks Duffle bags Tarps Ponchos Gloves Hats

Check out to find out where the nearest donation drop-off is. Donation collection will run until November 20, 2011.

All volunteer positions for Surviving the Streets are full at this time. Please call or email Jenn Pearson, Volunteer Coordinator, if you would like to volunteer to hold a gear collection drive in your business, church, or school. Jenn can be contacted at 206-441-3247 ext. 212 or

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Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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