Story posted April 12, 2006
The Bowdoin College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual sleep-out to raise awareness of homelessness and housing issues on April 13, 2006. The event is part of the kNOw Poverty Week.
Participating students will spend the night sleeping in cardboard boxes on the Bowdoin campus quad in order to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty housing, and raise awareness and inspire action in the campus and local community.
"[We] hope that this event will serve to remind us all of the importance of taking action, both through direct service with organizations like Habitat and through political activism, letting lawmakers know that we need more quality affordable housing in Maine and in the rest of the country," says Sara Schlotterbeck, president of the Bowdoin College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
In addition, students will collect donations for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
A local Habitat for Humanity homeowner will join the students for dinner before the sleep-out to share the family's personal experiences with housing issues and the positive effects Habitat for Humanity can have on a family and the community. A representative from the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate will also participate in the sleep-out.
Homelessness and poverty housing has become an even greater issue in Maine over the past few years. On any given night, 1,200 Maine residents are homeless; between 400 and 500 of these homeless Mainers are children. Between 1993 and 2000, the rate of homelessness in Maine increased 69%. These facts illustrate the importance of the work that organizations like Habitat for Humanity do to provide affordable housing options for moderate to low-income families. (Source: State of Maine Action Plan to End Homelessness)
Habitat for Humanity/Bath-Brunswick Area is an ecumenical community fellowship of caring people committed to providing adequate, family-owned housing. HFH/BBA is a partnership of families, volunteers and contributors working together, without condition or prejudgment, to eliminate substandard housing. The organization coordinates the labor of volunteers with contributions of money and materials from the community to build modest, affordable hosing in partnership with qualified families. HFH/BBA nurtures the bonds created by this partnership into growing and long-term relationships.
For more information about kNOw Poverty and the sleep-out on the Bowdoin campus quad, contact Aspen Gavenus at or (207) 721-5162. For more information about Habitat for Humanity/Bath-Brunswick Area call 207/729-0311.