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      Charity event from page 1

         With an estimated
      3,000 men, women,
      and children without
      a safe place to call
      home on any given
      night in Palm Beach
      County, SleepOut is
      part of  The Lord’s
      Place’s effort to
      spread awareness
      and raise the much-
      needed funds to                                                              Closing candlelight ceremonies at past SleepOut events
      provide the resources,
      progra m s, a nd                                                                                     husband Donald and I first attended SleepOut almost 10
      services necessary                                                                                   years ago, we were moved. We saw ‘the world’ represented
      to break the cycle of                                                                                at this great equalizer and were impressed and moved by
      homelessness. The  Left to right: The Lord’s                                                         the number of people coming together with donations,
      fundraising goal is  Place Board Chair Cornelia                                                      large and small, to make a difference in the lives of those
      $325,000 and all  Thornburgh, The Honorable Ann                                                      experiencing homelessness. I continue to give in memory
      donations will be  Brown, The Lord’s Place CEO                                                       of Don. It is my way to honor him,” commented Brown.
      matched  dollar-for- Diana Stanley at SleepOut 2022                                                     Attendees are also encouraged to bring supplies to
      dollar until March                                                                                   help create school backpacks, pantry baskets, cleaning
      31, by The Honorable Ann Brown.                                                                      buckets, and outreach bags during the event. The kits
         In addition to the hopeless eyes behind the person                                                assembled will serve the 1,800 clients who are in The
      holding the “homeless and hungry” sign on the side of                                                Lord’s Place care every year, including those currently
      the street, there are many who are unhoused and hidden                                               living on the street and in their housing programs for
      from sight: the man whose rent recently skyrocketed and   Annette  Atteridge with sons, left to right: Luke and   men, women, and families. For more information on the
      no longer has a place to live; the woman who became   Nicholas Atteridge, Samson and Harry Scarola at a past   items to bring, visit: Volunteer service
      disabled in a car accident, can no longer work, and whose   SleepOut event                           hours will be provided.
      disability check doesn’t cover the cost of living in Palm                                               Each additional housed person in Palm Beach County
      Beach County; the mother who is working during the day      “At The Lord’s Place we recognize that all people   is a home run. Attend SleepOut 2023 and help hit
      while her children are at school and then sleeping in their   deserve respect and a place to call home; so, we are   homelessness out of the ballpark.
      car at night. These scenarios are too prevalent.   answering the call for help. Let us take you out to the   About The Lord’s Place
         SleepOut 2023 is your opportunity to help. Based on   ballpark for a night where you can give back to our      For more than 40 years, The Lord’s Place has been
      the community’s feedback, The Lord’s Place reimagined   community and learn how to be part of the solution, and,   working to break the cycle of homelessness for men,
      this annual event with brand-new activities. SleepOut will   in turn, we will be your feet on the street helping those   women, and children in Palm Beach County, through
      give people of all ages the opportunity to actively engage   most vulnerable,” stated CEO Diana Stanley.   innovative, compassionate and effective services. It
      in hands-on volunteer opportunities, travel the agency’s      Register to attend this free, fun, and life-changing   provides supportive and graduate housing at 12 locations;
      mission pathway through a client’s eyes, and enjoy an   event using the code “FreeEvent” or make a donation of   operates social enterprises including Joshua Catering;
      auction, music, a celebratory program, and an inspiring   any size to be matched by The Honorable Ann Brown:   provides job training and placement services, clinical and
      candlelight ceremony. SleepOut will shine light on those                 care coordination, and community engagement services;
      experiencing homelessness in our community – helping      “No one should have to worry about whether they   and has a highly-successful reentry program helping men
      our most vulnerable neighbors access the tools needed   have a roof over their heads. This year, I am matching   and women transitioning from incarceration. For more
      to create sustainable, independent lives.          every single dollar raised for SleepOut, because when my   information visit
         After the program, all attendees are encouraged to
      set up sleeping bags and tents at the event, uniquely on
      the outfield, or in their homes or backyards. SleepOut
      encourages people to step out of the comfort of their
      homes for a night in a symbolic effort to raise awareness
      of those without a home.

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