Dozens walk to raise awareness about homelessness


    Dozens walked through Traverse City Monday night in an effort to raise awareness about homelessness. <p>{/p}

    GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) --It's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week and dozens of people walked through Traverse City to raise awareness about the issue Monday night.

    Most of them were social work, sociology and English students at Northwestern Michigan College.

    Ryan Hannon, a Street Outreach Coordinator for Goodwill Northern Michigan led the walk.

    Walkers stopped at several different spots throughout Traverse City to talk about how homelessness affects people.

    Those included Central United Methodist Church, the beach, the Governmental Center, Jubilee House and Safe Harbor.

    Walkers heard from different speakers about the effects of homelessness.

    "Homelessness is an issue across the country and northern Michigan is not immune from that so a lot of people experiencing homelessness in this area and people sometimes think that people come from other areas to be homeless but what we see is people experiencing homelessness right in our own backyard," said Hannon.

    Hannon says there are also ways that individuals can make a difference when it comes to homelessness.

    He says people volunteer their time at places like Dan's House, Safe Harbor, Central United Methodist Church and Jubilee House.


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