WARSAW — The Greater Warsaw Ministerial Association will host “Sleep Out 2015” from 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, until 6 a.m. Nov. 14, on the Kosciusko County Courthouse lawn, Warsaw. Local community and business leaders will spend the night on the cold ground with only the clothes on their back, a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag to raise awareness and funds for the Winter Warmth program in the community.
Participants will spend the night on the courthouse lawn to raise awareness of the need for utility assistance in our county and to raise funds to pay Kosciusko county families disconnects.
Every single day in Kosciusko County, someone goes without. Someone doesn’t have heat in their home. Someone sleeps in their coat to keep warm because they have turned their thermometer dangerously low to avoid an unaffordable utility bill. Someone brings all their children into one room and one bed so they can stay warm during the night. Someone goes without their medication so they can pay their utility.
Every single day in Kosciusko County, dozens of families are on the verge of being in that position. Combined Community Services Emergency Assistance sees those families. Some are elderly and on a fixed income. Some have lost their jobs. Some are working at minimum wage and their budget is just too tight to cover unexpectedly high bills. Some are going to college to better provide for their children’s futures and are unable to work full time until they finish. Some are experiencing an immediate crisis: the death of a spouse, a grave illness, or a plant closing. And a few made bad choices and are trying to turn their lives around.
CCS Emergency Assistance programs meets with individuals who have a disconnect notice for their utility. We work with them to keep their utilities on and to find options to improve their life situations.
For more information on becoming a “Sleep Out” participant or a donor email Sabrina Phillips at [email protected] or [email protected] come in to Combined Community Services 1195 Mariners Drive Warsaw, or call (574) 269-6019 ext. 222.