In the summer of 2006, a dedicated group of kids wanted to do something more for their community and their faith. In an effort to raise awareness and funds for the homeless population of the Fargo-Moorhead area “Homeless & Hungry” was born.
H&H is a weekend long event that gives participants a brief experience about what it means to be homeless. Participants fast for 24 hours, sleep outside in a cardboard box (with no amenities besides a blanket), collect items during a food and clothing drive, participate in several educational events, and worship together as a community. This year, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary the Homeless and Hungry experience will be partnering with the Eastern North Dakota Synod and over 200 other ELCA congregations in Eastern North Dakota, and many of our loyal Fargo-Moorhead congregations, to hold the first ever Eastern North Dakota Youth Summit. In addition to the Homeless and Hungry experience, participants will enjoy keynote addresses by internationally known hunger and poverty advocate Shane Claiborne and engage in dialogue with the voting members of the Eastern North Dakota Synod Assembly to address issues surrounding hunger, poverty and racial injustice in our region and beyond. It’s going to be epic, and we want YOU to be a part of it.
Each participant is encouraged to raise at least $150 in donations from sponsors. The reason behind this is 1) We have a long history of giving generously to the community and area shelters and we want to continue the tradition. 2) The more sponsors we have, the more awareness is created. Funds raised by participants will benefit organizations within the participants community.
Homeless & Hungry wants to involve all churches, schools, businesses, & individuals. H&H is not about denominations, specific organizations, or individuals. This event is about “THE CHURCH” coming together to help “the least of these.”
If we don’t stand up to make a difference and change this world, then who will?