MSU SSWO students experience 'Freezin' for a Reason' in Minot and Bismarck
The Minot State University Student Social Work Organization and Minot Area Homeless Coalition are sponsoring "Freezin' for a Reason" at Minot's Town & Country Shopping Center parking lot Wednesday (Nov. 16) from noon to 9 p.m. In Bismarck, MSU SSWO and Bismarck Area Homeless Coalition are holding "Freezin' for a Reason" at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church parking lot Friday (Nov. 18) from 4 p.m. to midnight.
"Homelessness is a huge concern for the Minot area, especially now more than ever due to our recent flood, which has left hundreds homeless and hungry," said Jessica Wright, a senior social work major.
The participants stand in the cold and "freeze" to experience homelessness firsthand. Individuals can participate by dropping off food or monetary contributions at the parking lots or by "freezing" with the MSU SSWO members. The homeless coalitions and MSU SSWO are holding the events as part of the National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 14-20.
"Homelessness is of growing problem in the Minot and Bismarck communities, and we hope that this project will help to raise awareness of the problem," said Amanda Fetzer, a senior social work major in Bismarck.
For questions about the Minot event, contact Debra DeWitz, SSWO faculty advisor in Minot, at 858-4259 or firstname.lastname@example.org or SSWO members at email@example.com. For questions about the Bismarck event, contact Shelly Paul, SSWO faculty advisor in Bismarck, or Fetzer at 701-516-2974 or firstname.lastname@example.org.