For second year, 'Sleep Out' event raises funds for area homeless shelters

This month to raise awareness for homelessness, a local nonprofit is challenging community members to sleep in some place — any place — except for their beds.

“Sleeping out” is an eye-opening experience for anyone, according to Pam Christ, board member with Dorchester County Community Outreach.

“It caused me to stop and think,” Christ said about her participation in the Sleep Out 4 Shelter fundraising event.

Last year she slept in a chair to raise money for the organization, which operates Home of Hope men’s shelter and is working to soon open Hope’s House, a shelter for women.

This year Christ slept in her car, along with two of her granddaughters. The trio posted on Facebook about their unique sleep experience and garnered nearly $700 in donations.

Sleep Out 4 Shelter will continue throughout March. Christ said if community members spend even one night “out of their comfort zone” they will learn more about the hardships faced by the homeless and less fortunate.

“It’s something very simple to do but can have a huge impact,” Christ said.

Currently 16 men are housed at Home of Hope, located at 821 Central Avenue. The women’s shelter, Hope’s House, is set to open this spring at 700 Central Avenue.

For more information about Sleep Out 4 Shelter, email hhofsummerville@gmail.com or visit DCCO online .