National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week activities set locally

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A number of special events are scheduled during National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week as fundraisers for Beyond Homeless Inc., the local shelter at 309 E. Franklin St., Greencastle.

Employees and board members of Beyond Homeless Inc., the local homeless shelter at 309 E. Franklin St., gather around Mayor Bill Dory, who signs a proclamation designating Nov. 12-20 as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Greencastle. Dory is flanked by board President Jerry Lewis and Beyond Homeless Executive Director Michelle Boller while standing from left are shift supervisors Katie Kean and Amy Lewis, Heather Taylor of the United Way Board of Directors, Shelter Director Lyn Smith, board member Ruth Ralph and board Vice President Bill Wieland. Since opening at the end of March 2014, Beyond Homeless has provided shelter for 171 women and 91 children, totaling more than 10,900 bed nights of shelter, as well as 152 nights of hotel stays for men and families. Banner Graphic/ERIC BERNSEE

From Nov. 14-20 several special activities are set. All are fundraisers for Beyond Homeless. A Hike for Homeless 5K run/walk is set for Saturday, Nov. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. at the DePauw Nature Park.

Cost is $20 per person. The event will begin at the welcome center.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, Starbucks will host an "Open Mic for Open Hearts" event beginning at 6 p.m. with music poetry and comedy performers welcome.

On Monday, Nov. 14, McDonald's restaurants in Greencastle and Cloverdale will have McDonald's Community Day with a portion of sales proceeds going to Beyond Homeless.

Almost Home will conduct a community day as well on Tuesday, Nov. 15, while Wednesday, Nov. 16 will be community night at Buffalo Wild Wings from 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 11 events will include chipolte burritos at DePauw University's Green Center for the Performing Arts at 5 p.m., along with a movie night at the Putnam County Public Library for "The Lady in the Van," which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Charlie's Beefcake Burgers will have a community day for the shelter on Friday, Nov.18 from 4-9 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 19 Myers' 5 East pop-up restaurant dinner fundraiser will feature steak, chicken and pasta from 4:30-8 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 653-1335 or at

On Sunday, Nov. 20, the Homeless Awareness Week events will conclude with community day at Chicago's Pizza in Cloverdale.

For more information, persons may call Michelle Boller at 721-2088.

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