| On Friday, August 15, the Belmont UMC youth group traded the safety and comfort of their beds and
homes for one night and instead slept on cardboard boxes on the church steps, in order to raise awareness
of homelessness issues.
During the sleepout, two formerly-homeless speakers shared their stories, and participants were given the
opportunity to analyze their own power and privilege while questioning their current beliefs about homeless
people. The goal for the event was for participants to gain a greater knowledge of why people are homeless
and what they can do to help, both from a charitable perspective and an understanding of the need for
systemic change to create social justice and a better community and world.