Homeless Awareness Week Begins at the State's Capitol

7 years 6 months 4 days ago Monday, November 15 2010 Nov 15, 2010 Monday, November 15, 2010 11:04:59 PM CST November 15, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Andrea Rhoden is stronger than you might think.

A former homeless Columbia youth, Rhoden made a change for the better. "I was staying with my sister, and her friend, and my sister's three kids in a studio apartment," admitted Rhoden.

She spoke with a teacher who guided her to the Rainbow House. From there, she's learned what life has to offer. "I matured a lot, I know a lot of things now that I didn't know. And it was a great experience," said Rhoden.

Rhoden told her story for Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Panel at the state capitol Monday night.

Michael Patrick of Saint Charles and Bobbi Jo Reed of Kansas City also spoke of their homeless experiences.

Gov. Jay Nixon's committee to end homelessness devoted this week to raising homeless awareness in the community.

Committee chair Sandy Wilson says they are doing all they can to address the issue of homelessness.

"We work very hard at the grass roots level at identifying the needs in communities. Going in to communities and working with those agencies to get them to come to the table and look at what is the face of homelessness in our community."

The fifth annual Homelessness Awareness Day is Thursday, Nov. 18.

The capitol building will host a keynote speaker as well as agency information booths .


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