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Night of Awareness

by Office of Marketing | March 24, 2014
Night of Awareness 2013 
Night of Awareness 2013
Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) teamed up with Good Samaritan Shelter (GSS) last semester for the second consecutive year to host Night of Awareness on campus to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless (especially here in the Phoenixville area). Before spending a night sleeping in the rain, attendees listened to the testimonies of former homeless men and assembled care packages for GSS program participants, including toiletries, other necessities and letters of encouragement. In addition, participants raised more than $8,000 via sponsorships for the benefit of GSS.

This generous donation helped GSS to continue serving the Ephrata and Phoenixville communities by assisting single men struggling through destitution. The organization owns five homes in the northern part of Phoenixville where it houses 25 residents, helping them find work and eventually moving them into permanent housing elsewhere.
 
Nate Hoffer, executive director of GSS, said, “We are very grateful to the College for hosting this for us. … It’s probably my favorite event because I think it is the most meaningful for the participants.” Hoffer enjoys the unique experience of offering attendees a fresh perspective on homelessness and giving them the tools to do something about it.
 
“It’s really important for believers to take action, to do something,” said Hoffer. “My hope is to see [Night of Awareness] continue to grow. I would love to see more and more people come out and get involved.”
 
With that goal in mind, VFCC and GSS are collaborating once again to present the third annual Night of Awareness. On April 11, the Student Homeless Ministry will host this year’s event on campus. Those looking to get involved can register online at goodsamshelter.org. Walk-in registrants are also welcome on April 11.
 
To get involved with the Student Homeless Ministry, contact Zachary Way at zachary.way@mail.vfcc.edu. There is also a flyer in Tucker Hall where students are encouraged to sign up