Homeless veterans count to be conducted in Rockdale

CONYERS — There is no doubt you’ve had dreams about waking up in a king-size bed in your multiple bedroom estate and having breakfast in bed brought to you by a personal chef. But what if you lived a life where it is more common to not know where your next meal will come from or if you will have a secure and safe space to sleep?

To give residents the chance to partake in an eye-opening experience, Joseph and Sarah Caring for Veterans, a nonprofit organization, will host its fifth annual Homeless for a Night on Friday, Sept. 27, at the American Legion Post 77.

“The event will allow participants to gain a better understanding of the plight of homeless veterans by experiencing just one night of homelessness,” said Denise Leak, JSCV executive director. “It will be informative and inspirational.”

There were about 85 participants at last years’ event. This year, Leak hopes to have 150.

Leak confirmed that the interactive “game” that was created by JSCV veterans and introduced at last year’s event will be featured again this year and will have additional layers.

Each participant will receive a bag with a photo of an item (watch, ring, etc.) and money or no money.

The participants will then have the option to pawn their pictured item, ask for money, purchase food at McDonald’s or to stay at a hotel or a shelter.

“This element is to make participants realize that when we go home, we have a choice,” said Leak.

The event will start at 7 p.m. Friday and last until 7 a.m. Saturday. Post 77 is located 674 Legion Road, Conyers.

Participants will be charged $30 per adult and $15 for children under 18. All money goes to JSCV programs.

Registration can be found at jandshouse.com and volunteers can call at 404-369-1141.

Joseph and Sarah Caring for Vets Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide transitional housing and referral services for homeless veteran located in the metro Atlanta area.

In an effort to assist ending homelessness among veterans, the organization strives to assist fellow veterans in obtaining permanent housing, employment and life skills training.

The American Legion Auxiliary, the American Legion and Sons of The American Legion are actively involved in veteran causes with local units across the U.S.

To find out how you can help end homelessness among veterans, visit www.legion.org/homelessveterans.

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Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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